May 17, 2012

Developers try again in India Street neighborhood

A 94-unit apartment building, a 26-unit condominium complex and a multi-use building beside the Hampton Inn are proposed.

By Tom Bell
Staff Writer

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The 94-unit apartment building proposed for the Portland site formerly occupied by the Village Cafe is creating controversy because of its height: 74 feet in an area zoned for 45-foot height limits.

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This is the Middle Street view of the mixed-use building proposed for the former Jordan's Meats site.

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The proposed five-story building would include 18 condominium units, nine retail units and 66,000 square feet of office space. Parking for 166 cars would located in an internal garage and provide parking for both the project and the adjacent hotel and Sebago Brewing Company restaurant.

Given its downtown location, the developers could have build a much larger project, Nazor said. Given the alternative, residents of are generally supportive of the project, Nazor said.

Nazor said residents are most enthusiastic about a 26-unit condominium project being developed by S. Donald Sussman, who owns a home in the neighborhood, and Kevin Bunker of Developers Collaborative.

The condominiums would be built along Franklin Street, between Federal, Newbury and Hampshire streets.

The modest scale of the project allows it to fit in with the neighborhood, Nazor said. Although some people don’t like its modern design, the project will replace some dilapidated and boarded-up tenement buildings, he said.

“It’s wonderful for the neighborhood,” he said. “They are taking the very worst section of the neighborhood and bringing it up to something that is very much a positive.”

Malone, who owns several buildings in the neighborhood, said he will not oppose any of the projects, even if he thinks they are too large or could be improved.

“I am gung-ho on all of them,” he said. “I hope they all get built.”

Sussman is the majority owner of MaineToday Media, which owns the Portland Press Herald, the Kennebec Journal, the Morning Sentinel in Waterville and other media outlets in Maine.

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Nathan Smith, a Portland attorney, stands at the site of the former Village Cafe, which was demolished in 2008. Smith represents developers who want to build a 94-unit apartment building on the site.

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A 26-unit condominium project being developed by S. Donald Sussman and Kevin Bunker of Developers Collaborative would be built along Franklin Street between Federal, Newbury and Hampshire streets.

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