November 5, 2012

Civic center renovation well into first phase

The $33 million project is under way as the Portland Pirates hockey team plays at the arena.

From staff reports

PORTLAND — The $33 million renovation of the Cumberland Civic Center is well under way, even as the arena’s prime tenant – the Portland Pirates hockey team – starts playing more home games in Portland.

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Demolition in Septemberof the Free Street entrance to the Cumberland Civic Center is shown in September.

Photo by Roberta Wright

Most of the work since late summer has revolved around the Free Street entrance to the civic center: demolishing the stairs that led down to the entrance and pouring new footings and a new foundation for that section of the arena. The goal is to raise the entrance to street level, and most of that work is being wrapped up.

The second phase of the work will start next spring, after the Pirates season ends. That work will include removal of the “suicide stairs” at the arena’s southeast corner, with a street-level entrance at those doors as well.

Voters in 2011 approved spending up to $33 million to renovate the arena. Inside work includes new concession and restroom areas, an upgraded box office, new seating and luxury suites, and improved backstage spaces.

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