Americold, the controversial cold storage warehouse, has announced it plans to withdraw its proposal to build near Eimskip, on 40 West Commercial Street, Portland, according to a reliable source.
According to a report just issued on-line by “MaineBiz” John Nass, deputy commissioner of MaineDOT, the state is “ready to dig in” to work with another company to build a cold storage facility in Portland because he believes there really is a market for this facility.
The proposal by Americold was an extremely controversial matter that pitted some neighbors against others and particularly against Americold, a Georgia company, with extensive experience in the cold storage business. The company has another warehouse in Portland.
“Though I did not support the size of the project, I stood ready to work with neighbors and the proposed developer to make sure the project was implemented sensibly. This pause will allow us to take another look at what is necessary to meet the needs of our working waterfront while being mindful of the neighbors who would be impacted. I look forward to working with the city and the neighborhood on next steps,” wrote Councilor Spencer Thibodeau in an email to this blogger, in whose District the facility would have been located.
The surly Ted Talbot, spokesperson for MaineDOT assured this blogger today he would email a copy of the Department’s statement on the withdrawal of Americold from the development of a cold storage facility on the waterfront. However, he has not done what he said he would do.