Sprague’s plans for a new Portland boatyard moving forward

Posted Aug. 19, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Planning Board last week approved Phineas Sprague Jr.’s plans for a boatyard.

Sprague on Tuesday said he hopes to complete his boat storage and repair facility at 100 West Commercial St. this year.

Sprague’s plans and amendments have been reviewed and approved three times, dating to December 2012. He said the latest revision calls for a 28,000-square-foot building constructed on an existing foundation.

“Our plan is to have the site in operation by the first of September, hauling boats into the new yard while the new building is going up,” he said.

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The prefabricated building will be trucked to the site, and Sprague hopes to have construction finished and all needed occupancy permits in hand by Jan. 1, 2015.

The state Department of Transportation took 18 acres of Sprague’s land to expand the adjacent International Marine Terminal. Although he supports expansion of the terminal, Sprague is less a fan of the eminent domain proceedings that cost him his land while the price remains under negotiation.

“Eminent domain is a multi-year process of wrangling out the appropriate taking number,” he said. “It is a process we have to accept and move ahead with.”


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