- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A nonprofit organization is planning to commission a study to look into the cost of restoring a Civil War-era fort in Portland that would also outline how repairs would be carried out.

The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1db2KEU) that Fort Gorges, a stronghold located between the Portland peninsula and Peaks Island, needs to be restored in order to remain a notable historic landmark.

Paul Drinan, the new executive director of Friends of Fort Gorges, says this is the group’s first - and possibly last - chance to preserve the fort.

He says the feasibility study is expected to cost about $180,000 and that renovations would probably be in the millions.

A private fundraising campaign has been launched and Drinan says the group will seek out grant and foundation support.

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