Articles by David Harry

A sport utility vehicle splashes through a flooded section of State Street in Portland in this January 2014 file photo. A proposed storm- and wastewater fee would be used to help pay the $15 million to $20 million Portland pays each year to maintain and upgrade its storm- and wastewater management system.

Portland property owners have chance to weigh in on wastewater fee proposal

By David Harry on Oct. 13, 2014, at 4:26 p.m.
A proposal to charge Portland property owners a monthly fee to pay for future storm- and wastewater infrastructure improvements will get two public hearings in the next month. The proposed ordinance, now in front of the City Council finance committee, will first be open for comments at …
File photo of Planned Parenthood's controversial buffer zone sign in Portland.

Portland officials give panel more time to study options to repealed buffer zone outside abortion clinic

By David Harry on Oct. 07, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
Improvements on Great Diamond Island, a revised process for seeking block grants and the preservation of a historic Munjoy Hill home headed a brief City Council agenda Monday night. During an hour-long meeting, councilors also granted an extension for Public Safety, Health and Human Services Committee discussions …
Alleviating traffic congestion at Franklin Street and Marginal Way is a critical aim of the redesign of Franklin Street in Portland.

Draft redesign includes narrowing Portland’s Franklin Street, opening space for new development

By David Harry on Oct. 07, 2014, at 10:33 a.m.
The road to a redesigned Franklin Street will not be fully charted until next spring, but the steps along the way were presented to about 100 people on Oct. 1 at the Portland Public Library. “We need your input, how well did we hit the mark?” Markos …
Nicholas Mavodones

Portland panel to consider stormwater fee before taking up city minimum wage

By David Harry on Oct. 01, 2014, at 9:36 a.m.
The order of business will be water before wages for the City Council finance committee this fall. Councilor Nicholas Mavodones Jr., the committee chairman, on Monday said the panel of Councilors Jill Duson, Ed Suslovic and David Marshall will first consider a city plan to charge user …
Maine Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland

Software developer, Green party activist challenge Senate president in Portland race

By David Harry on Oct. 01, 2014, at 8:05 a.m.
State Senate President Justin Alfond is opposed by a pair of familiar faces in his campaign for a fourth two-year term. The Senate District 27 Democrat is challenged by Republican Peter Doyle and Green Independent Asher Platts. Doyle ran unsuccessfully against Alfond in 2010; Alfond defeated Platts …
Sheila Hill-Christian

Portland panel aims to hire new city manager by July 2015

By David Harry on Sept. 30, 2014, at 2:01 p.m.
The goal of the committee tasked to replace departed City Manager Mark Rees is to have a successor on the job by July 1, 2015. The committee, led by Mayor Michael Brennan, met for the first time in a 75-minute session on Monday, when they also decided …
Two restored Civil War-era cannons greet the morning sun Tuesday, Sept. 9, a week after they were returned to Fort Allen Park on the Eastern Promenade near Fore Street in Portland. The park is undergoing a $1.5 million renovation that began about a year ago and will be the subject of a bicentennial celebration Saturday, Sept. 20.

LePage, return of gun from sunken USS Maine to highlight Portland park’s bicentennial celebration

By David Harry on Sept. 09, 2014, at 12:18 p.m.
The cannons are back and the dignitaries are coming as Fort Allen prepares to celebrate its bicentennial Sept. 19-20. On Sept. 2, two restored Civil War-era field pieces were returned to the park on Eastern Promenade near Fore Street. On Friday, a gun salvaged from the USS …
CPM Constructors field engineer Jake Hall said Sept. 2 that demolition of the 72-year old Martin's Point Bridge has progressed smoothly. "I would like to see everything done in mid-November," he said.

Celebration of new Portland-Falmouth bridge coming up as old bridge comes down

By David Harry on Sept. 08, 2014, at 6:27 p.m.
Saw, lift, dump. Repeat. Those are the four steps to demolition of the old Martin’s Point Bridge, summarized by CPM Constructors field engineer Jake Hall. “We are getting a span or two a day,” Hall said Sept. 2 as he walked on the new bridge spanning the …
On Monday, Dana Sangillo of Sangillo's Tavern talks about police claims of 23 calls for service at the bar or its vicinity between Feb. 26, 2013, and the end of January. The City Council debated renewing Sangillo's liquor license Monday night.

Hearing to determine fate of Portland’s Sangillo’s Tavern

By David Harry on Sept. 08, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.
The owners of Sangillo’s Tavern will appeal the denial of their liquor license in a hearing rescheduled for October. The hearing had been previously set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday at City Hall. The hearing will be conducted by staff from the state Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & …
Drawings submitted with a 126-page application to amend conditional zoning for Mercy Hospital on the Fore River Parkway show a possible expansion of more than 320,000 square feet.

Mercy Hospital in Portland plans growth, consolidation after EMHS merger

By David Harry on Sept. 03, 2014, at 8:50 a.m.
Mercy Hospital has taken initial steps for a major expansion along the Fore River that will end the hospital’s presence downtown by 2018. The hospital is seeking to amend a conditional zone agreement reached with the city in 2001 that paved the way for it to build …
Anti-abortion activist Donna Hebert, left, chats with Cha Cha Canady on Congress Street on Friday morning at the edge of the buffer zone created around the entrance across the street to Planned Parenthood of New England on June 27.

Portland councilors ready to renew discussion on abortion-clinic buffer zone

By David Harry on Sept. 03, 2014, at 8:01 a.m.
A new discussion about a buffer zone outside Planned Parenthood of Northern New England will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at City Hall. The City Council Public Safety, Health & Human Services Committee will hear from city attorney Trish McAllister on what might be done …
A sign announces combined sewer outflow pipe number seven on Baxter Boulevard in Portland in this May 2012 file photo.

Portland eyes stormwater service charge, lower sewer fees

By David Harry on Sept. 02, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
Owners of large properties with expansive roofs, paved parking lots and other impervious surfaces will bear the economic brunt of a proposed plan to fund stormwater treatment efforts in the city. By January 2016, residents and business owners could be assessed a $6-per-month fee for each 1,200 …
Portland planners are proposing two designs for rerouting traffic around the intersection of Falmouth Street and Deering and Brighton avenues, seen here from the University of Maine School of Law.

Portland-area group to fund conversion of trouble intersections to rotaries

By David Harry on Sept. 02, 2014, at 4:03 p.m.
A long-term fix for one of the city’s most troubled intersections has been funded by the region’s source of state and federal highway aid. On Aug. 21, the Portland Area Regional Comprehensive Transportation System, better known by its PACTS acronym, committed almost $2.9 million to construct two …

Portland preparing to sell Cliff Island fuel station and residence seized for unpaid taxes

By David Harry on Sept. 02, 2014, at 1:56 p.m.
Island living could become a little more affordable with the city seeking a buyer for a Cliff Island home and fuel station. On Aug. 27, the City Council Housing and Community Development Committee finalized a request for proposals for the 19,500-square-foot lot at 16 Fisherman’s Cove. The …
CPB2 LLC, the owners of the Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore St. would like to extend adjacent mixed-use zones to 10 acres of their land and 13 acres of submerged land.

Portland developers seek zoning changes for prominent waterfront property

By David Harry on Aug. 27, 2014, at 11:22 a.m.
The owners of the Portland Company complex at 58 Fore St. are seeking two zoning changes that could alter the nature of redevelopment at the 10-acre site. City officials received the 91-page application from Portland-based engineering firm Woodard & Curran on Friday, Aug. 22. The application details …
Meg Perry Center board member Will Hessian loads materials into a moving van Friday, Aug. 22, on Market Street in Portland, after the center was told to leave the basement space it has been subleasing since May. "We have an alternative business model people say doesn't fit into any space," Hessian said.

Portland’s Meg Perry Center forced to move for second time in less than a year

By David Harry on Aug. 27, 2014, at 11:15 a.m.
An August afternoon on Market Street typically features lots of comings and goings of tourists and business people, while drivers jockey for parking spaces. On Friday, Aug. 22, the scene was all goings at the nonprofit Meg Perry Center, which for the second time in less than …
Monique Raymond invites a pigeon to nibble on some bread crumbs in her hand early Wednesday afternoon in Portland's Congress Square while the lunch crowd mingles in the background in this June photo.

Six years after its creation, study group takes another stab at redesigning Portland’s Congress Square

By David Harry on Aug. 26, 2014, at 1:45 p.m.
The expanded, and maybe even reinvigorated, Congress Square Redesign Study Group is back at work on a project that has vexed the city for at least six years. “I feel confident we are on a good track,” Parkside Neighborhood Association President Frank Turek said Aug. 20, after …
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 …
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