- Apr 16, 2014
- Reaction score
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.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).