“Traffic is key,” said Chris Thompson, one of the three managing partners of the Thomas Point Redevelopment Co. yesterday afternoon following the planning board’s site walk on the almost 30 acres of land. The land is adjacent to the Portland Transportation Center and bordered by highways as well as the Fore River. The site walk was intended to familiarize the board and the public with the geography and physical condition of the site.
The Development Co. managing partners, Jon Jennings, Bob Ryan and Thompson have been working on the transportation issues of this complex development for over a year according to Thompson. The development team has been working with Maine Department of Transportation and Tom Errico, a consultant, to “get it right. There are several layers of checks and balances,” said Thompson. Also part of the group on the site walk was State Senator Bill Diamond, (D) for Maine Senate District 12, who is a member of the State’s Transportation Committee which oversees MDOT. The development will require the approval of MDOT.
Following the 1 l/2 hour site walk, the group met in a conference room at the Trade Center. Jackie Thompson, a resident of Bolton Street said the development does not allow for enough parking. The City is “not listening to the neighborhood. There is also not enough lighting on Congress Street for this development,” she said. Mary Didonato, of Edwards Street, said that “this development will take the neighborhood away.”
The development group hopes to receive all of its permitting by the end of this year so it can begin building next year.