Articles by David Harry

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 …
Portland City Councilor Cheryl Leeman announced she would not seek re-election to the council after serving three decades in office.

‘At some point, we have to say no to something’: Departing Portland councilors discuss direction of city

By David Harry on June 27, 2014, at 6:48 p.m.
City Councilors Cheryl Leeman and John Coyne sit opposite each other in City Council meetings, while agreeing on most fiscal issues facing the city. “I don’t think there is any question I am fiscally more conservative,” Leeman said Friday. “I’m probably the second-most conservative [member] on the …
An overhead view of traffic calming measures presented June 19 at a public meeting shows the variety of raised surfaces, land constrictions and stop signs that will be added to cross streets between Congress Street and Brighton Avenue.

Portland adding bumps, circles, islands to slow speeding drivers in 2 neighborhoods

By David Harry on June 24, 2014, at 12:52 p.m.
With a bump here, an island there and two mini-traffic circles, the city hopes to make motorists slow down in the Libbytown and Rosemont neighborhoods between Congress Street and Brighton Avenue. At a June 19 meeting at the Clarion Hotel on Congress Street, the public got a …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan

Portland panel struggles to ensure city-wide minimum wage won’t be ‘arbitrary’

By David Harry on June 24, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
As it considers a city-wide minimum wage, Mayor Michael Brennan’s Minimum Wage Advisory Committee is now looking for wage earners to tell their stories on July 16. The committee, comprised of business leaders, academics and activists, met for the third time June 18 and considered poll results …
Customer Martin Connelly who works at a creative agency nearby grabs lunch at Small Axe Truck in Congress Square on June 4.

Portland awards six park spots to food trucks, carts

By David Harry on June 17, 2014, at 4:06 p.m.
Six of seven city park spots available to food truck and cart owners were filled last week. City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Grondin released the results from bids received earlier this spring. Small Axe Food Trucks will continue to operate in Congress Square Park and will be joined …
The planned sale of most of Congress Square Park to developers of the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel is uncertain after voters last week added the park to the city land bank.

Hotel developers unsure whether to continue to pursue sale of Congress Square

By David Harry on June 17, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
PORTLAND | The planned sale of most of Congress Square Park to developers of the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel is uncertain after voters last week added the park to the city land bank. Question 1 passed June 10 by 287 votes. On Monday, Mayor Michael Brennan said there will …
After being homeless and then living in an apartment building he thought was unsafe, George Hall moved into Elm Terrace in February 2013.

Portland distributes another $25,000 to help developer build apartments for the chronically homeless

By David Harry on June 10, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
George Hall took a look around his one-bedroom High Street apartment Thursday afternoon and said, “I can’t afford a lot of things, but what I bought, I call my own.” Hall, 60, is a resident of Elm Terrace, formerly a hospital and a University of Southern Maine …
Danbury, Connecticut, resident Robert Reynolds and 217 Films Production Manager Ramsey Tripp prepare for Reynolds' interview on his recollections of the Great Depression on Monday.

‘I haven’t had this much fun since I got married’: Man recounts stories of Great Depression to documentary filmmakers in Portland

By David Harry on June 10, 2014, at 12:26 p.m.
Bob Reynolds came north to tell a story Monday morning, and Michael Maglaras came north to hear it. Maglaras, co-owner of 217 Films, sat with Reynolds in the library on the third floor of the Masonic Temple at 415 Congress St. “It happened in 1930, when my …
Expansion of the International Marine Terminal in Portland could begin this summer, after the Maine Department of Transportation bought about 15 acres and railroad lines along Commercial Street.

State completes deal to buy land for Portland waterfront terminal expansion

By David Harry on June 03, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.
Expansion of the International Marine Terminal on Commercial Street could begin this summer after the state purchased adjacent land and rail lines. Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot confirmed Monday the department finalized the purchase of about 15 acres from Pan Am Railways. Talbot did not …
Congress Square Park in Portland

Portland takes steps to protect 10 downtown parks — but not Congress Square land proposed for sale

By David Harry on June 03, 2014, at 11:45 a.m.
In a 50-minute meeting Monday that set an ambitious agenda for June 16, Portland city councilors approved rezoning 10 urban squares and parks to prevent additional development or sale. By a unanimous vote, Bramhall, Boothby, Congress, Longfellow and Monument squares, along with Lobsterman Plaza and Bell Buoy, …
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