Herald Square | 385 Congress St | Portland

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Assuming that the front door shown above fronts on Congress, that rear view will make a lovely complement to the former Confidential Destruction building (340 Cumberland) and the back side of the Merrill when viewed from the Boulevard.
 

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I agree Mark, but hopefully the third phase of the project on Cumberland Avenue gets built as planned and will hide the limited design effort on the rear facade of the hotel which I'm guessing is intentional.
 

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I'm sure it will look better in person, but I'm not sure I'm digging the beige. The whole area could be too monochromatic. I propose creating a new neighborhood - taking suggestions for names: Khakitown? Khakiville? Khaki Center?
 

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PWMFlyer or nomc, was there a new rendering showing this profile in the planning package? I'm curious to see how the subtle changes look side by side.
 

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I'm really looking forward to this project moving forward. It will be the first high rise (100'+) constructed on Congress Street in over 42 years (2 Monument Square) and I was still in my early twenties!
 

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I think one key difference now is a de facto 12th floor for the top-level condos with a perimeter deck. I'd like to see a rooftop perimeter deck on the new Cambria, on its green roof. Check out Google Earth with Chrome to see that. It would be stunning views of downtown and Casco Bay.
 

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Looking through the rest of the application packet... I can't really see any indication of the timeline for the future residential phases. The fact that they seem to want to invest in a mural (albeit, a fairly generic one) on the inward-facing elevations that would eventually be covered by the future phases seems to indicate that the rest of the development may be a bit further in the future than initially supposed.

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It makes little sense to have a 13 story residential tower under construction next door to an occupied upscale hotel even with strictly enforced worksite hours. Evenings would not be an issue but most construction sites get an early morning start which would not sit well with hotel guests. I'd also prefer a painted wall in a solid color (tan, brown or black) over a mural, I love Portland Headlight but that looks tacky and out of place in my opinion.
 
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It makes little sense to have a 13 story residential tower under construction next door to an occupied upscale hotel even with strictly enforced work hours. Evenings would not be an issue but most construction sites get an early morning start which would not sit well with hotel guests. I'd also prefer a painted wall in a solid color over a mural, I love Portland Headlight but that looks tacky and out of place in my opinion.
If you read the reviews of the Marriot Residence Inn (Which has had the misfortune of being surrounded by the eternal Covetrus / Cambria project...a big chunk of the 1 and 2 star reviews mention construction noise.

Sure lots of hotels can end up dealing with nearby construction...It's a fact of life in urban areas....But In this case, the hotel and the future residential project are not only owned by the same developer, but they're directly conjoined. They're potentially shooting themselves in the foot trying to get a new hotel off the ground and then disrupting their guests with construction that will not only be noisy, it will take away from hotel amenities during constriction.
 

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"eternal Covetrus/Cambria project", nice!
I'm just asking for a ladder up to the green roof with a few clear soft plastic igloos up there, with bean bags inside and a chiminea in the middle with a stove pipe reaching up through the top. They can drop off six packs of Baby Genius or Allagash White via drones from a QR code purchase and that's all I need. That would be fun. I saw pics from the Portland Harbor Hotel, that it just put in these igloos in their courtyard. They usually do a cool (literally) ice bar in the winter too.

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I'm just asking for a ladder up to the green roof with a few clear soft plastic igloos up there, with bean bags inside and a chiminea in the middle with a stove pipe reaching up through the top. They can drop off six packs of Baby Genius or Allagash White via drones from a QR code purchase and that's all I need. That would be fun. I saw pics from the Portland Harbor Hotel, that it just put in these igloos in their courtyard. They usually do a cool (literally) ice bar in the winter too.

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They have these in NYC with a view of the Empire State Building. Removed in the warm months. Super fun.
 

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