It was announced today that Brian Boru is closing, my intuition is telling me that the block has been sold to a developer. Portland Square? The person that owns the pub also owns the parking lot across the street from Boru's...stay tuned..
I would also argue that Portland "punches above its weight" overall. The institutions and businesses that are here, and its status as a seaport and transportation hub, make it the most important city in Northern New England. Manchester and Nashua, though technically larger, really just feel like big suburbs. Also, look at the overall rate of development between Portland and Manchester-Nashua. There is virtually nothing going on in the 2 "largest" cities in this region, compared to Portland which is constantly evolving.He has quite the telephoto lens for these shots. They always seem to make Portland look bigger and more dynamic than it is. Portland is the 104th biggest metro area in the U.S., so significant in population. It's bigger than Manchester, NH and Halifax, N.S. The true measure of how big a city is, is by its metro area population. Otherwise, El Paso, Texas is bigger than Boston, and nearly twice as big as Miami! Ever been to El Paso? It's all about how you draw the city lines. (Portland only has 21 square miles of city land.)
(It took me a moment to figure out that "reply" is how you quote posts...)^ And it's the 75th largest CSA (Combined Statistical Area) in the country with a population of 643,000. Portland's 108 mile distance from Boston has allowed it historically to maintain is presence as a regional hub where Manchester, Worcester and Lowell/Lawrence are too close to Boston to warrant a CSA status. Even Providence falls under Boston's larger metropolitan count. Bangor also benefits from it's 132 mile distance from Portland which really expands it's role as the primary service center for central and northern Maine and gives it more clout than it's population (33,000) would normally dictate.
Interesting lead! It's about time that lot saw some action. 100,000 sq.ft would probably be 4-5 stories worth of office space (by comparison, the WEX building is 110,000 sq.ft ) but they did say "mixed use" so it could potentially be one part of a larger structure. That parcel is zoned for 150 feet, so it would be a real shame if it ended up as a bunch of stubby 5-6 story buildings. Can't wait to learn more!Article today in Mainebiz involving office vacancy rates in Greater Portland mentioned a new mixed-use development at 385 Congress Street. Project is set to potentially include 100,000 square feet of new Class A office space. This is the lot beside City Hall that currently has the former Press Herald printing plant that is currently being used for storage. I wonder if the past renderings of a 10 story "off white" structure from the same site is close to what may be eventually proposed? Would be a welcome addition to Congress Street and the eastern end of Portland's skyline.
Too bad it's going to be another hotel, that would be a perfect building for above-market-rate and market-rate rentals, our housing market is becoming ridiculously tight, and another hotel is really the last thing we need.I've heard that the new owners of the Time & Temp building have told remaining tenants to be out of the building by year's end (except for TD Bank, which apparently will remain). Supposedly the plan for the building is that the top two floors will become luxury condos, the bulk of the building will be turned into a hotel, and the sloping interior area will be returned to something like the indoor arcade it was when the building first opened. Again, this is just what I've heard from an existing tenant, I haven't seen any official proposals or plans filed with the city.