Articles by David Harry

Portland City Councilor Cheryl Leeman listens to local restauranteur and President of the Downtown District, Doug Fuss, speak during the public comment period regarding a new food truck ordinance Monday night July 16, 2012.

Election to replace Leeman on Portland council draws 3; other city races will be less competitive

By David Harry on Aug. 26, 2014, at 10:56 a.m.
What initially promised to be a competitive field of races for city elected offices narrowed when Monday’s deadline passed for filing nomination papers. City Council seats in Districts 4 and 5, and a District 4 School Board seat, are in play in November because of decisions by …

Sprague’s plans for a new Portland boatyard moving forward

By David Harry on Aug. 19, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
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 …
Eight historic buildings, including the former North School and India Street Firehouse, are viewed as integral to the identity of the India Street neighborhood in a report recommending code and zoning amendments to enhance preservation and create a mixed-use neighborhood.

Panel urges more affordable housing, no new hotels in historic Portland neighborhood

By David Harry on Aug. 19, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
Proposals to preserve the character of the city’s oldest street and surrounding neighborhood will be headed to city councilors next month. India Street, which runs from Congress to Commercial streets, is the focal point of recommendations in the India Street Neighborhood Sustainable Neighborhood Plan. Working on the …
A worker for Portland's Department of Public Services on Aug. 14 winds up caution tape alongside a section of High Street that was washed out during Wednesday night's torrential rains.

Portland still adding up Aug. 13 storm damage, might seek federal aid for cleanup

By David Harry on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
Cleanups and calculations continued Tuesday after the Aug. 13 storm that dumped more than 6 inches of rain on the city. City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Grondin on Monday said damage estimates were still being tabulated as the city considered whether it is eligible for disaster aid from …
Residents of 193 Congress St. said building renovations began in early July, leaving exposed wires in hallways and apartments.

Developer, city work to make Portland apartment building habitable again after abrupt evictions

By David Harry on Aug. 13, 2014, at 12:05 p.m.
Homecoming could be weeks away for residents of 193 Congress St., who were evicted Aug. 5 after city inspectors discovered code violations in renovation work. Although work began in early July, the city did not receive an application for the electrical permit until July 28, according to …
A view of Portland Harbor in 2013 from a granite wharf dating to the 1850s on House Island. The island, bought by developer Michael Scarks in May, could be designated a local historic district.

Portland’s bid to make House Island a historic district could thwart plans of new owner who paid $2.5 million

By David Harry on Aug. 12, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
Development planned by the new owner of 24-acre House Island may face additional scrutiny as the city tries to designate the island a historic district. A hearing will be held Wednesday, Sept. 3, at City Hall to gather public opinion on the designation, which ultimately requires City …
The Wabanaki ferry docks outside the expanded Casco Bay Lines Ferry terminal in Portland. A ceremony to officially open the new space will be held Thursday, Aug. 7.

Casco Bay ferry service to celebrate new terminal, ‘transformational’ year

By David Harry on Aug. 05, 2014, at 4:07 p.m.
PORTLAND | The celebration comes Thursday at the expanded Casco Bay Lines terminal off Commercial Street, but General Manager Hank Berg said the difference is already clear to see. “I characterize this year as transformational,” Berg said Aug. 1, as a sea breeze swept past opened doors into the …
Northbound High Street traffic swings past valet parking outside the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel on Friday morning, Aug. 1, while metered parking on the other side of the street is reserved for State Theatre trucks and buses.

Portland panel to study restoring two-way traffic on High, State streets

By David Harry on Aug. 05, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
From his frame shop at the corner of State and Pine streets, owner Tim Hussey gets a daily view of traffic passing through Longfellow Square. “I see one rear-ender a week,” Hussey said Aug. 1 as he considered the effects of returning State Street to two-way traffic. …
Will Pratt prepares Tandem Coffee Roasters coffee for shipment July 31 in Portland. He said the company still does a75 percent of its business wholesale, but will open a bakery and cafe at 742 Congress St. later this month.

Tandem Coffee finalizes expansion to Portland’s West End

By David Harry on Aug. 05, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
Everything Will and Kathleen Pratt have been brewing in East Bayside will soon be wafting uphill to the West End. The owners of Tandem Coffee Roasters, which opened two years ago, are preparing a new bakery and cafe at 742 Congress St. It is expected to open …
East Cove Townhomes would have 14 houses and a commercial space topped by studio condominiums.

Portland developers seek zoning change for new Munjoy Hill project

By David Harry on July 30, 2014, at 12:42 p.m.
What is an auto service center at 155 Washington Ave. could become the newest entry in the burgeoning Munjoy Hill housing market. Developers Ronald Gan and Jed Rathband are seeking a zoning change for two lots near the corner of Washington Avenue and Cove Street to build …
Aidan Carlisle of South Portland attended the Maine Robotics computer camp at the University of Southern Maine as a birthday gift from his grandmother.

Maine Robotics summer campers build, program computers

By David Harry on July 29, 2014, at 3:24 p.m.
PORTLAND | By July 25, Isaac Bell was ready to take his new creation out for a spin. On a screen in front of him, a bright red race car sped through a course. “Installing [Microsoft] XP at the beginning was tough, the computer wasn’t set up right, so …
A team from the University of California-Davis spent time studying Portland's India Street neighborhood in December 2013.

Plan for Portland neighborhood includes historic district protection, new building codes

By David Harry on July 29, 2014, at 2:59 p.m.
Combine five working groups, five goals, six vision statements, 13 principles and 14 critical actions, and the sum is the draft for creating a sustainable, mixed-use India Street neighborhood. Plans calling for the creation of a historic district, “form-based” building codes, and zoning to promote affordable housing …
Pictured is Allagash Brewing founder Rob Tod at the Industrial Way brewery in Portland.

Allagash Brewing Co. plans ‘Beer Camp,’ 18,000-square-foot expansion in Portland

By David Harry on July 29, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
These are heady days for Allagash Brewing Co. Preparing to be part of the Beer Camp Across America tour at Thompson’s Point on Friday, the brewery at 50 Industrial Way will also expand by 18,000 square feet and turn 20 next year. “I never thought the Belgian …
A rendering of the Bayside Anchor project shows the four-story apartment building planned for 49 Boyd St. The Portland Housing Authority will rent 36 affordable housing units and hopes construction can begin by June 2015.

Portland housing project hinges on investor tax credits

By David Harry on July 28, 2014, at 5:04 p.m.
The Portland Housing Authority’s latest venture could be under construction by next spring, if it receives tax credits attractive to investors. Bayside Anchor, a four-story apartment building planned for 49 Boyd St. in East Bayside, will have 45 apartments, with 36 designated for affordable housing, PHA Executive …
Scarborough resident Marc Lausier stands outside Revision Energy in Portland, talking about the Nissan Leaf.  Lausier purchased the first electric Nissan Leaf sold in Maine and helped promote a new Environment Maine report urging wider use of electric vehicles in Maine.

Charging station for electric cars opens, sparks interest in Portland area

By David Harry on July 22, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
Turning over a new leaf has worked well for Scarborough resident Marc Lausier. “I can say with confidence that I’ll never own a gas-powered car again,” Lausier said, standing next to his Nissan Leaf parked outside Revision Energy on Presumpscot Street. Lausier bought the first Leaf sold …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan

Portland mayor proposes $10.68 citywide minimum wage by 2017

By David Harry on July 22, 2014, at 10:33 a.m.
With a preliminary plan in mind, Mayor Michael Brennan and members of his Minimum Wage Advisory Committee want residents, business owners and workers to share opinions next month about increasing the $7.50-per-hour minimum wage in the city. Brennan, who first convened the committee of business and labor …
Portland resident Mark Audette has mixed feelings about the future of Congress Square. "I'm in favor of development, but I want to keep the park. It's a respite," he said July 10.

Back to Square One: Portland council to reconsider controversial future of Congress Square

By David Harry on July 16, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.
Congress Street resident Mark Audette expressed ambivalence about his surroundings July 10 while enjoying a coffee and reading a newspaper in Congress Square. “I’m torn,” he said. “I’m in favor of development, but I want to keep the park. It’s a respite.” Audette’s statement summarizes what awaits …
Portland City Councilor Cheryl Leeman

Heated contests likely in races to succeed Portland city councilors who aren’t seeking re-election

By David Harry on July 14, 2014, at 2:09 p.m.
Nomination papers are available for candidates to be on the ballot in the Nov. 4 city election. Early interest suggests two City Council races, in District 4 and District 5, will be lively. Councilors Cheryl Leeman, of District 4, and John Coyne, District 5, last month announced …
Patrons enter Sangillo's Tavern on Hampshire Street in Portland last March.

State liquor oversight panel sets date for Portland tavern’s appeal to keep license

By David Harry on July 14, 2014, at 1:53 p.m.
The owner of Sangillo’s Tavern will get a chance to argue why he shouldn’t lose his liquor license in an appeal hearing scheduled Sept. 11 in Council Chambers at City Hall. The bar at 18 Hampshire St. lost its license after a 5-4 city council vote April …
File photo of Planned Parenthood's controversial buffer zone sign in Portland.

Anti-abortion protesters, clinic patients in Portland react to Supreme Court ruling

By David Harry on June 28, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
Waterboro resident Donna Hebert stood on a Congress Street sidewalk Friday morning, one of about 10 anti-abortion activists hoping to engage with women going into the Planned Parenthood of New England offices across the street. “People come and talk with us, and we talk about the Lord …
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