- Apr 16, 2014
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This building was once the tallest in all of New England--yes, taller than any building in Boston. It's a beautiful example of the art deco style, and historical for Portland. Not sure an old age home with diseased patients is a proper conversion. It was bad enough seeing McAuley high school's beautiful gold leaf rotunda building switched over to senior citizens, but this is perhaps worse. The companies that build and manage these facilities only care about what's cheap, to make more profit. Sure, it's a nice view out the windows to remind of days past, but not an efficient use of space in Portland's office building core.During last night's Planning Board hearing, developers of 385 Congress Street appeared as part of a request for a zoning amendment to the B3 zone to include certain kinds of congregate care facilities. There were no renderings or any real description of the potential development, but it was described as "A large mixed-use development consisting of 3 separate development 'pads,' one of which would be an assisted / senior living congregate care facility."