Marijuana Fest Nipped in the Bud

Sorry, could not resist that headline. The Portland Press Herald “After asserting for two days that a medical marijuana festival would go on despite the Portland City Council’s denial of an amended permit, organizers late Wednesday appeared to acknowledge that it’s unlikely to take place.” “A post on the Facebook page of the New England Cannabis Read More …

Redesign of Franklin St. Approved (but not funded)

Portland Press Herald: “The project, which has been in the planning stages for at least two years, is estimated to cost $34.5 million. The council action will allow more detailed plans to be drafted for the multiphased project, but construction is not expected to begin until federal funding becomes available.” Detailed design documents available at link Read More …

Cold storage!

Portland Press Herald: “Some of the world’s biggest players in cold storage are vying to build a multimillion-dollar warehouse on Portland’s waterfront, a project seen as a critical for supporting the city’s port and Maine’s growing food production industry. “ “The warehouse would be built on 6.3 acres of state-owned land just west of the Casco Read More …

Videoport to Close

Portland Press Herald:  “Videoport, a 28-year-old Portland movie rental store with a fiercely loyal customer base and zealous film buff employees, will close in August and donate its 18,000-title DVD collection to the Portland Public Library. Owner Bill Duggan announced the iconic Old Port store’s closing Wednesday. He said competition from online streaming services and rising Read More …

Former Schlotterbeck & Foss building under contract 

Portland Press Herald: “‘They are from Maine,’ said Sigfridson, who declined to provide additional details about the prospective buyers. ‘The building would most likely be a residential conversion.’ The building, built in 1927 of a John Calvin Stevens design, was listed at $3.35 million and has been on the market since January. It’s owned by J.B. Read More …

Spring Street renewal

Portland Press Herald:  “When the project is complete, the street will be narrower at the intersections, making it easier for pedestrians to cross. One turning lane will be eliminated at three intersections – High Street, Center Street and Temple/Union streets – and the north side of Spring Street will be reduced to one lane for Read More …

Bernie Town Meeting Tonight

Please RSVP in order to attend: http://bernie.to/rsvp-portland. Bernie is coming to Portland for a town meeting to discuss getting big money out of politics, combating climate change, making college education more affordable, and dealing with obscene wealth and income inequality.