PORTLAND — Shipyard Brewing Co. co-owner Fred Forsley is seeking developers to build a convention center on the Portland peninsula.

One possible site Forsley has considered is the 96,000 square feet of land Shipyard owns on Newbury Street. But he said the building would be constructed around or over Shipyard’s site, leaving the brewery fully functional.

“My goal is to keep the brewery here forever. The brewery would be an added attraction,” he said.

Forsley said his plan calls for a hotel with 200 to 300 rooms, condominiums, a four-year culinary school and a promenade leading to the waterfront.

“As a Portland resident and someone in the business community for 30 years, I feel we need a convention center, and it needs to be on the peninsula, within walking distance to the major downtown  areas,” he said.

Forsley has held preliminary discussions about his plan with Portland’s Acting City Manager Pat Finnigan, Economic Development Director Greg Mitchell and Barbara Whitten, president and CEO of the Greater Portland Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

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