PORTLAND, Maine — Voters in Maine’s Cumberland County are being asked to decide whether to authorize $28 million in bonds to upgrade the 34-year-old Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland.
The issue will appear on the November ballot as a referendum.
The chairman of the Civic Center board of trustees, Neal Pratt, says the board has selected a Portland-based architectural firm called SMRT to develop the renovation plan.
County officials say the renovation is needed if the county wants to keep the Portland Pirates, the city’s American Hockey League franchise and attract high-end concerts and performances.
The Portland Press Herald says a renovation may include new club seating, modernized bathrooms and major improvements to the so-called “back house operations,” such as areas where concert crews unload or pack equipment.