Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

TC_zoid

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Covering part of Spring Street would further ruin the street for residents of Portland in the service of transient visitors attending conventions. The only footprint on the peninsula that could accommodate a CC is Top of the Port, where most people want to see towers, not wide, blank walls and loading docks where 18-wheelers are lined up before and after every event.

Rock Row site, paired with a high-frequency rail connection to the core would serve the “need” (if there IS a need).
18 Wheelers (3) are already lined up at CIA docks during events. Freight access could be through this portal. Pedestrian access on Spring Street would not be interrupted. There is no ruining an experience which is nothing but one of walking past nothing of interest. This idea is ideal because it attaches to the current arena using that convention space, and the Holiday Inn with its interior convention space. A true convention space has attachment to a large hotel (240 recently renovated rooms). Top of the Port would result in a massive unsightly box with no current assets to attach to.
 

markhb

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So did they tear down the small building that was there (and which looked recently renovated on GSV)? I can't imagine this would be an overly attractive spot, despite the view, given the speed of traffic coming off the bridge.
 

cneal

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Yes, the former "Jade Integrated Health" building has been torn down. The falling-over green shed with the yellow doors is still there, though.

I'm hoping that having a more urban streetwall will help encourage drivers to slow down more as they're coming off 295. To be honest, I feel like drivers have been getting safer/slower on Washington with all the foot traffic and new businesses that have been attracted to the street in recent years; the new traffic light at Fox and Washington might be helping, too, by adding more congestion on this stretch.

The bigger issue on this site, IMHO, is the constant traffic noise and pollution from I-295, which is upwind and very close. The balconies at 218 Washington are gonna have great views but they'll also collect a lot of black soot from exhaust pipes and heavy metals from tires and brake linings.

The LA Times has been going great reporting on the health risks of living this close to a major highway:
 

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