March 17, 2010

Public input sought
on East Bayside

By Matt Wickenheiser
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — Community input is being sought by a national team of urban planners and architects who will be here at the end of the month to study the city’s East Bayside neighborhood.

The city is one of seven communities nationwide that has won a competitive grant from the American Institute of Architects for technical expertise to transform the East Bayside neighborhood into a “model for sustainable, urban design,” according to a release sent out today. The grant was the result of a collaboration between the East Bayside Neighborhood Organization, the University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service and the city of Portland.

The team will be in Portland March 30 through April 1 to develop a plan for improving East Bayside. The experts will seek public input at a community meeting on Tuesday, March 30, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Root Cellar, 94 Washington Ave. They will unveil their proposed plan at a public presentation on Thursday, April 1 from 6-8 p.m. in Ford Auditorium at Portland High School.

“It is essential that residents, business owners, and nonprofits from East Bayside and surrounding neighborhoods participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Alan Holt, adjunct professor at the Muskie School, in the release. “Combining this expertise from around the U.S. with local efforts and experience will provide the essential next step for realizing this neighborhood’s full potential.”

East Bayside is bordered on the west by Franklin Arterial, the east by Washington Avenue, the north by Marginal Way, and the south by Congress Street.

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