Articles by David Harry

The so-called Midtown 3 building -- the third of four buildings included in the latest version of the high-profile Midtown development project proposed for Portland's Bayside neighborhood -- is depicted here with a view from Somerset Street in an image submitted with the project application to City Hall.

Portland developer strikes deal with neighbors

By David Harry on June 23, 2015, at 1:39 p.m.
A verbal agreement between neighbors and developers could ease tensions over development on Stevens Avenue. The compromise to reduce the number of housing units at the proposed McAuley Woods comes as developers of the Somerset Street site known as Midtown face a potential legal fight with the …
Firefighters work to douse the remaining pockets of flames at the scene of a fatal fire in Portland in this Nov. 1, 2014 file photo.

District attorney pushes plea deal for Portland fatal fire landlord

By David Harry on June 23, 2015, at 12:41 p.m.
Accept a plea agreement, or possibly face prosecution. Those are the choices facing landlord Gregory Nisbet, Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson said Monday. “We feel he is at least partially responsible for the deaths of those six young people,” Anderson said of the Nov. 1, 2014, …
A swap between the University of New England and Maine Army National Guard turns over the armory at 772 Stevens Ave. in Portland for 29 acres of UNE land near U.S. Route 1 in Saco.

UNE, Maine Army Guard close land-for-Portland-armory deal

By David Harry on June 23, 2015, at 11:19 a.m.
A land swap between the University of New England and the Maine Army National Guard has been completed. The deal giving the university the 65,000-square-foot armory at 772 Stevens Ave. in North Deering in exchange for 29 acres of land in Saco was closed last week, spokeswoman …

Scarborough pares $500,000 from school budget voters rejected

By David Harry on June 18, 2015, at 2:21 p.m.
Town councilors believe they’ve found a compromise that will both reduce Scarborough’s tax burden and preserve services and programs in the fiscal year 2016 school budget. By a unanimous vote Wednesday, councilors approved the first reading of a $43.3 million school budget, with a $38.3 million request …

Neighbors dig in against plan to convert former Portland convent, school

By David Harry on June 16, 2015, at 3:30 p.m.
City Councilor David Marshall may hold the key July 6 to the future of the property containing Catherine McAuley High School and the former St. Joseph’s Convent. Marshall’s absence Monday prompted councilors to postpone a vote on whether to place the property into an R5A zone that …
The Portland City Council voted Monday night to hire Jon Jennings as the next city manager.

Portland’s new city manager says he’s ready for challenges

By David Harry on June 16, 2015, at 3:08 p.m.
Jon Jennings on Monday said crossing the Casco Bay Bridge from South Portland makes him feel like he’s going home. “I believe passionately in Portland,” Jennings said. “I really feel as though it has been very good to me, personally and professionally.” Jennings was confirmed Monday night …
Avesta Housing plans to build 37 units at the front of this parking lot at 17 Carleton St. in Portland's West End. The agency is seek tax increment financing from the city to help fund the project.

Portland affordable-housing proposals: West End advances, Bayside slows

By David Harry on June 16, 2015, at 10:16 a.m.
Proposals by affordable housing developer Avesta Housing met mixed fates June 10 at the City Council Housing and Community Development Committee. The committee, chaired by Councilor Kevin Donoghue, unanimously recommended setting up a tax increment finance zone at 17 Carleton St. in the West End to help …

Portland panel passes on unanswered State, High street traffic questions

By David Harry on June 09, 2015, at 10:59 a.m.
Two-way traffic on State and High streets is feasible, according to the advisory committee that has studied the streets for almost a year. But in its final meeting on June 3 at the Portland Public Library, the group stopped short of advising a change in the 43-year-old …
Alex Jaegerman

Another top administrator leaving Portland city government

By David Harry on June 03, 2015, at 11:23 a.m.
For 34 years, Planning Division Director Alex Jaegerman has helped shape the course of the city’s growth. After June 25, he will shift his sights north to Yarmouth as the town’s new planning director. Jaegerman’s departure is the latest in a year-long personnel exodus from City Hall. …
The app-based ride sharing service Uber plans to start operating in beach towns in Maine for at least part of the summer, starting Memorial Day weekend. The company started operating in Portland in October.

Portland again delays budget vote, passes Uber rules

By David Harry on June 02, 2015, at 2:50 p.m.
A vote on Portland’s fiscal year 2016 budget was postponed to June 24 as councilors decided to see how the state biennial budget will affect city finances. In the course of two meetings spanning nearly eight hours, councilors also approved a temporary working agreement with Uber, the …
The Portland Co. complex at 58 Fore St. was nominated for designation as a city historic preservation district on Monday, Feb. 23, a day before the city Planning Board endorsed rezoning the Eastern Waterfront property for development.

Neighbors threaten petition to overturn zoning change for major Portland development

By David Harry on June 02, 2015, at 11:02 a.m.
City councilors on Monday approved a zoning change for the Portland Co. complex at 58 Fore St. But the 7-2 council vote may not clear the way for redevelopment of the 10-acre property. A neighborhood group opposed to the rezoning is collecting signatures for a citizens initiative …
Treyjon Arsenault, 19, of Scarborough, was killed in a Portland shooting May 26. His life was celebrated on Monday as friends and family recalled his warmth, and love of athletics, music and his family.

‘He didn’t deserve this’: Portland homicide victim’s life celebrated in Scarborough

By David Harry on June 02, 2015, at 9:33 a.m.
Speaking Monday to a crowd of more than 300 mourners, Micaela LeBeau summed up her feelings about Treyjon Arsenault. “The world lost a loving, goofy person,” LeBeau said of Arsenault, 19, who died May 26 after he was shot in a Portland recording studio. Arsenault was remembered …
Karri Gilliam

Homeless Mainers getting better health care

By David Harry on May 26, 2015, at 2:01 p.m.
PORTLAND | Karri Gilliam said she makes friends easily. But few friendships she has made are as valued as the one with Shawna Holloway. “We hit it right off. We walked into a room and started talking, and she has been helping me ever since,” Gilliam said last week. …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan

Portland needle exchange program funding dropped to its last $10

By David Harry on May 26, 2015, at 11:47 a.m.
Progress on a program to divert nonviolent drug offenders to treatment and housing instead of jail has slowed, but state funding is a possibility, Mayor Michael Brennan said May 21. Brennan was speaking at a meeting with his subcommittee on substance abuse, where Caroline Teschke, the clinical …
Stilt walkers from the Shoestring Theatre make their way down Lower Exchange Street in Portland Sunday June 10, 2012 during a parade at the 39th annual Old Port Festival.

Portland’s Old Port Festival adds days, acts, sales

By David Harry on May 21, 2015, at 12:37 p.m.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.Friday, June 12, 2015 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.Saturday, June 13, 2015 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.Sunday, June 14, 2015 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. Location: Portland Old Port, Portland, Maine PORTLAND | For 41 years, the Old Port Festival has …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan speaks at a City Council workshop focused on July 21, 2014, flanked by City Councilor Jill Duson.

‘What are we doing?’ Portland councilors kvetch about budget vote delay

By David Harry on May 19, 2015, at 3:38 p.m.
In the midst of Monday’s three-hour Portland City Council meeting, Councilor Nick Mavodones Jr. posed a critical question. “What are we doing?” he asked as councilors wrestled with a series of motions that ultimately postponed until June 1 a public hearing and final vote on the $221 …
Passengers wait to board their flights at Portland International Jetport in this 2013 file photo.

Portland seeks better transit links

By David Harry on May 12, 2015, at 2:55 p.m.
Getting there from here has been a proverbial challenge in Maine. On May 7, about a dozen city residents got together at City Hall to hear about a study of how to best get passengers from the Portland International Jetport and Portland Transportation Center to the ferry …
The 18,000-square-foot MAC Air Group hangar at Portland International Jetport is used to service fleet and privately owned planes. Company President Allyn Caruso said it will remain in use as the company expands on the South Portland side of the jetport.

Maine air service plans $4.35 million expansion at Portland jetport

By David Harry on May 12, 2015, at 11:12 a.m.
From his office in the original Portland International Jetport terminal, Allyn Caruso has seen a lot of airport growth. “We used to drag race on the runway, there were so few planes coming and going,” he said May 8. Caruso, the president of MAC Air Group, expects …
Waste sits in piles at ecomaine's southern Maine landfill while a magnet on a crane pulls metals from the processed refuse in the background. The Maine facility is the first landfill in North America where metal is being successfully mined.

Fee hikes on trash bags, chickens, cemeteries, food trucks eyed to cover Portland budget increase

By David Harry on May 12, 2015, at 11:07 a.m.
The municipal budget headed for a May 18 Portland City Council vote could boost property taxes 35 cents per $1,000 valuation. But total funding for the $175.3 million includes much more than the budgeted $79 million in property tax revenue, and will be raised in part through …
Portland City Councilor Justin Costa speaks at a May 7 press conference, where officials spoke out against racially motivated attacks and vandalism in the city. "It is important to be emphatic ... these actions have no place in the city of Portland," he said.

Portland leaders say work remains to stamp out racism

By David Harry on May 07, 2015, at 2:59 p.m.
An array of city officials on Thursday condemned three recent, racially motivated incidents. In a news conference organized by City Councilor Justin Costa, city councilors, Mayor Michael Brennan and school board member Pious Ali said the city must remain open and welcoming to all. “As elected officials, …