- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - After surviving a potential redevelopment that would’ve forced its closure, one of Portland’s oldest taverns will remain in the quaint storefront where it has operated for 80 years.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/29pfcRy ) Forest Gardens signed a yearlong lease to stay on Forest Avenue after the CVS pharmacy chain backed off plans to buy and demolish a stretch of historic buildings that included the bar.

Portland officials say CVS abandoned its plans after the city took several measures to restrict redevelopment in the area.

David Weeks owns the land that Forest Gardens and the other historic buildings are situated on. He says CVS can still buy his property, but Portland’s Historic Preservation Board unanimously voted that some of the buildings are eligible for landmark status.

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

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