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  1. TC_zoid

    Maine Medical Center Expansion | Portland

    I think the building is 7 levels with 6 and 7 the tiny portion in the corner. In that case it would be the sixth that is expanded? The interactive module doesn't give a walk-through experience for floors 5 and 6, but does for 1,2,3,4, and 7. Bottom line is that they will get a relatively easy...
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    Maine Medical Center Expansion | Portland

    Basically, without saying it in detail in the article, I believe their idea is to increase the height of the core bulk of the structure by one more story, so six stories, then the 7th tiny one remains as is, at the top corner. Maine Medical is truly becoming a behemoth. The actual footprint of...
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    52 Hanover St | Apartments | Portland

    Just realized something about this location and type of apartment building that it is. It will appeal to a younger demo because of the intimacy of the design and pool (party!). It's obvious that it will fit well with USM grad students, as students for law and business will be looking for more...
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    Bayside Federated Companies

    Not sure how eminent domain can figure into this. It seems like a stretch. The city should have worked with Federated with the 4 "tower" proposal. Varying the heights from low, mid, to high and compromising on materials to use mostly brick and glass could have been achieved. (The proposal...
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    201 Federal Street | Residential Tower | Portland

    A while back in NYC, with fascination I watched the early foundations being prepared at Hudson Yards (eventually 20 towers will have gone up at this site). It was the biggest hole I've ever seen, and perhaps 50-60 feet down solid bedrock. I've heard that all of Manhattan is sitting on this. The...
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    52 Hanover St | Apartments | Portland

    Maybe they can recycle that steel.
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    Hobson's Landing | Aloft Hotel | 383 Commercial Street | Portland

    Not to belabor the point, but don't forget the train tether of Boston to Brunswick. The future of employment, Gen Z, do not like cars. They can't use their phones. I think this comfy and nice train is a key reason for the growth of Portland. Bowdoin, USM, UNE (Portland and Biddeford), and UNH...
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    Hobson's Landing | Aloft Hotel | 383 Commercial Street | Portland

    Indeed it will. It feels like Portland goes up a level in city stature after these three developments. I think people underestimate the city's size due to its tiny politically drawn land area population numbers (from 21 square miles). When you look at the metro area numbers, the true measure of...
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    Maine Medical Center Expansion | Portland

    Agree 100% with you.
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    Maine Medical Center Expansion | Portland

    Maine Medical Center expansion with architect's design walk-through. Check out the Leon Gorman Lobby and its 360 degree view going up to the skylight. There is nothing close to this kind of modern architecture in Maine...
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    Rock Row (née The Ridge, née Dirigo Plaza) | Westbrook, ME

    I don't understand why Westbrook/Portland and its residents are falling for this (except for us). The entity, Waterstone Properties, appears to be a property management company, not a true developer with a vision. That illustration would need to show something designed for a cold environment...
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    Rock Row (née The Ridge, née Dirigo Plaza) | Westbrook, ME

    The contributors on this thread have impressive insight and suggestions for this development. The two cities should get direction here. But they won't, of course, and it will more than likely be a big yawn or de facto failure.
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    Rock Row (née The Ridge, née Dirigo Plaza) | Westbrook, ME

    Times change. The only city that can truly support a big and dynamic convention center in the northeast, or that I've seen, is Boston. Bookings are brisk. The Javits Center in NYC is a snore. BCEC is thriving, and a new 1,000 room hotel (Omni) just opened across the street. But that's Boston...
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    Rock Row (née The Ridge, née Dirigo Plaza) | Westbrook, ME

    If they added a cool casino, I would say yes, let's go! I'm not confident that they will get the formula right, but if they do, it could be a hot destination (for an end-all destination). Downtown Portland has more to offer with hotels and restaurants, so this proposal needs that too...
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    Portland Foreside | 58 Fore Street | Portland

    I think we only notice the gargantuan and showy yachts. The marina has small and far less expensive boats too, and those aren't owned by rich folks. What might make this development work is a thriving tech company (with many young workers) located smack in the middle. Sun Life will help, but...
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    Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

    If you were able to take the taller buildings (let's say, 15 stories and up) in Cambridge, Back Bay, and The Seaport, and spread them within downtown Boston by replacing some low-rise bores, I would say that that downtown skyline would be quite impressive, or certainly more than Philadelphia's...
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    Portland Foreside | 58 Fore Street | Portland

    They need to be careful how they plan the condos, apartments, and hotel at the other end. Public use attractions need to be interspersed or it will become like Rowes Wharf in Boston--a place for the rich. Max is right about the marina. But give it and what's coming across a chance to develop--it...
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    201 Federal Street | Residential Tower | Portland

    Going up now 106 miles to the south, I found this fascinating and wanted to share, as it too is a residential building, but like no other (clear your browsing history if you have no free articles left). https://www.enr.com/articles/52756-project-team-installs-sky-mat-in-boston-tower
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    Portland Foreside | 58 Fore Street | Portland

    Will have to watch. I'm disappointed Jim Brady isn't part of the project anymore, but still, the location and what else is happening in this area is enough to expect a transformative result. I think if they do the public market right, it will become the primary destination for food, drink, and...
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    Brunswick Development

    Bowdoin has built some beautiful and notable buildings of late; the Passive House dorms, the Roux Center for the Environment, and now the Arctic Studies buildings. I see only bigger and more prestigious things for this school (the train tether to Boston is key).

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