Block 1 is envisioned to be anchored by Portland’s first true class-A office building with ground floor retail. Situated directly across from a new city open space, this office building will enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the iconic Casco Bay Islands and Portland’s Bug Light Lighthouse. The upland side of the block can either be a second office building or a residential complex of apartment units.
The “Historic Core” of the development is a celebration of Portland’s heritage and makes up the commercial area of the Yard. This block is comprised of seven historic buildings, two alleys, and two plazas, and we have worked extensively with Greater Portland Landmarks, Maine Preservation, and the local Historic Preservation Board to dedicate roughly 1.5 acres to a local historic district. This block is the heart and soul of the neighborhood.
58 Fore Street is the site of the former Portland Company Complex. A company with local, state and national significance due to its role of reshaping the manufacturing process and its impact of the industrialization of the United States, specifically in the transportation field. The adaptive reuse of the 7 historic buildings, dating back to the 1840s, with ground floor retail will invigorate the neighborhood and provide a strong sense of place rooted in the masonry style and form of Portland’s industrial past. Upper floors will be converted to truly unique office spaces and new structures as well as additions will augment the old with clear demarcations of the past while celebrating the new.
Modeled after the success of Boston’s Liberty Wharf, this waterfront development block benefits from direct ocean frontage to its south, a 2.5-acre planned city open space to its west, the Historic Core to its north, and a planned hotel to its east. With this prime location, it is envisioned to be among the most coveted food and beverage spaces in both the development, as well as the City of Portland. Upper floors have the option to be food and beverage with roof-top dining or exceptional office space.
The “Hill town” development block promises to be the most interesting architectural block in the development. With over 88 feet of grade change from its north side to its south side, this block is envisioned to house over 200 residential units ranging from townhomes to studios, potential retail opportunities, structured parking below with over 700 cars, and green spaces that visually and physically connect the new development to Portland’s most desired residential neighborhood, the East End.
Taking advantage of its direct ocean frontage, this block is envisioned to house Portland’s premier boutique hotel. The hotel promises to be the only waterfront hotel in Portland. Overlooking the Casco bay islands and the slips of the new 13-acre world-class marina, this hotel will be one-of-a-kind. The strength of Portland’s tourism industry has led to a surge in the hotel market yet the city is without a full service, waterfront hotel. To the east of the hotel site is envisioned to be waterfront residential condos. Due to its physical and visual connection to the hotel, this residential product can share amenities and services with the hotel, driving value to the units and reducing costs to both the hotel and the residential projects by enabling them to elevate the size and quality of the amenities while also sharing the design, build-out, and maintenance expenses.
Envisioned to be the highest level of residential on the site, this block has the advantage of being at the far east end of the project with direct ocean frontage and the most private of all the blocks.
Sharing an elevated cul-de-sac and scenic overlook with its residential neighbor to its west, the entry experience for this building is both private and magnificent. Due to its geographic position, it has a unique shape and dramatic grade changes. These attributes are architectural opportunities to create dynamic spaces both inside and out, offering future residents highly customized living options.
With its easterly position and its location at the end of an elevated cul-de-sac, this residential project is anticipated to be the last project to be developed from a phasing perspective.