Saturday, March 8, 2014
By Beth Quimby email@example.com
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South Portland officials are proposing an outdoor performing arts venue next to Bug Light Park. It would be built to operate in the summer and be taken down in the off-season, similar to Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor.
2012 Press Herald file photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette
He said concert-goers spend money. While in town they dine out, shop at the Bangor Mall and visit the Hollywood Slots casino. The new Cross Insurance Center arena, which can accommodate up to 8,000 concert-goers, has made the city an entertainment destination, said Porter.
Neal Pratt, chairman of the Cumberland County Civic Center Board of Trustees, said he does not see an outdoor performance venue as competition for the civic center, now undergoing a $33 million renovation.
“The summer season is the slow season” for the civic center, said Pratt.
Portland promoter Bloom said the civic center and a South Portland outdoor venue could, in fact, coordinate their marketing efforts and complement each other.
“If it is carefully done, and they coordinate both venues and go about it that way, they can coexist,” said Bloom.
Cost estimates of the South Portland facility are not yet available. Jennings, the assistant city manger, said a cost-feasibility study is the next step in the planning process.
Jennings said city officials plan to bring the proposal before the City Council early next year and there would be public feedback opportunities during the entire process. He said if it goes ahead, the outdoor venue could be operating by next summer.
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