- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Portland city councilors have unanimously voted to approve a new historic district that includes the Portland Co. complex on the Maine city’s eastern waterfront.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1KY2865 ) Wednesday’s vote green lights developer CPB2’s plans to demolish a former erecting shop on the site in addition to building a 50-foot public plaza extending from Fore Street to the water.

Seven other buildings will be preserved on the complex that operated as a locomotive factory for 137 years.

Activists argued that the erecting shop’s historical significance is more important than the plaza. The Planning Board agreed with CPB2’s assertion that the cost of repairing the erecting shop would jeopardize the entire project.

CPB2 officials say a strip of land needs to be acquired before a site plan is submitted.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com


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