“Midtown” Developer Resubmits Plans for Scaled Back Bayside Apartments


By Carol McCracken  (Post # 2,205)

The developer of a controversial housing complex in Bayside, has filed a revised  application for a scaled back version of the original plan.  “Midtown” developers, The Federated Companies, of Miami, FL., filed plans for a smaller development on the 3.5 acres of land in the formerly industrial neighborhood  on the east end of Portland.

The  filling comes on the heels of Federated’s announcement that it will scale back  its proposed development significantly to mollify Keep Portland Livable, a non-profit dedicated to stopping the development of this project.  The group, co- founded by Peter Monro, took the matter to court  as a negotiating tool with Federated.

The revised proposal of Federated is for 400 residential units in four buildings that are five or six stores over first floor retail space, a seven story parking structure with 802 vehicles spaces and 90,000 sf of retail space.  The bedroom mix of units includes studios, one and two-bedroom units.  The 3.5 acres is bounded by Somerset Street, Elm Street, the Bayside Trail and the extension of Pearl Street.  (Some involved with the creation of the Bayside Trail have expressed hope that this development will increase the use of the Trail which to date has been disappointing.) The total foot print of the buildings is 121,400 sf with a total floor area of 750,000 sf.

If you have questions or would like to submit comments, please call Richard Knowland, Senior Planner at (207) 874-8725 or email him  at rwk@portlandmaine.gov.

Application (http://me-portland.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/7062)

Plans (/DocumentCenter/View/7061)

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