Welcome to Portland's new waterfront neighborhood

Making an Impact

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Socially responsible

An environmental and social impact development that stands out from the crowd with the goal of building a positive legacy.

Portland Foreside Development Company goes beyond simply having a corporate commitment to social responsibility. We aren’t just in the business of building buildings— we’re in the business of developing spaces for the community to inhabit, celebrate, and thrive. We understand that we are partners with the community and are tasked with listening and responding to their needs with creative solutions to enhance the quality of life. Our projects focus on supply-chain sustainability, which starts with ensuring our suppliers share our same commitment to environmental awareness. We focus on operational and development efficiencies to reduce waste and resource consumption, and specialize in adaptive reuse of historic buildings. We are proud to have a leadership team comprised of entrepreneurs and founders of small, family-owned businesses, and we support the growth of our fellow small businesses.

  • 60% of the project area is open space/green space

  • Dedicating the 1,000 sf of water frontage to public access and enjoyment

  • 3.5 years of community engagement in the development of the plan

  • 10% of all housing will meet city standards for affordability

  • USGBC LEED® certification of the overall development

  • Sustainable lifestyle that promotes pedestrian activity— live, work, play

  • Alternative modes of transportation and integration with new forms of public transportation

  • Recipient of a federal grant for our dedication to transient public boating

  • Commitment to assisting the municipality with the construction of infrastructure needed to service the 10-acre site

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LEED certified

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Portland Foreside Development Company is undertaking a monumental effort for Portland, Maine as part of their corporate commitment to sustainability: 58 Fore Street is pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) rating for the entire development.

What is the USGBC?

The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. The Council’s diverse membership includes architects, engineers, designers, corporations, developers, municipalities and campuses throughout the United States.

LEED-ND is a rating system in collaboration among the U.S. Green Building Council, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. LEED-ND is the first national standard for neighborhood design that:

  • Encourages neighborhood development projects that protect and enhance the overall health, natural environment, and quality of life of communities
  • Promotes the location and design of neighborhoods that reduce auto dependence by providing jobs and services that are accessible by foot, bicycle, or public transit

Key sustainability benefits of the project as it relates to LEED ND include:

  • Reducing the risk of obesity, heart disease, and hypertension by integrating physical activities into residents’ daily lives by developing communities that promote walking to and from accessible public transit and amenities
  • Encouraging the building of residences and businesses closer together and within existing communities encouraging shorter vehicle trips or other modes of transportation such as walking, biking, and public transit
  • Placing a variety of open spaces and parks close to work and home

Reduce the risk of asthma and other respiratory diseases, and reduce air pollution and injuries from vehicle crashes by:

  • Providing accessible, safe, and comfortable and creative transit services that are within walking distance of homes and businesses
  • Promoting the creation of a dedicated bicycling path that makes biking an easy, efficient, and safe mode of transportation

Increase social connection and sense of community by:

  • Providing appealing and comfortable “shared” street environments, parks, and active open spaces for social networking, civic engagement, personal recreation, and other activities that create social bonds between individuals and groups
  • Encouraging community participation in project design and planning through community meetings and workshops

Improve mental health by:

  • Reducing the amount time spent commuting to work and increasing the amount of time devoted to leisure, community activities, and family
  • Providing a variety of active open spaces close to work and home

Encourage healthier diets by:

  • Making fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible by promoting community-based markets and local food production