Ten Exchange Street Bar in Limbo Despite City Deadline of April 2018


A Stop Work Notice is on the Door of Ten Exchange Street, Where a Proposed Bar, Vegas, is Planned and Signed by Jason Grant, City Employee.

Jonathan Cohen, Developer of  The Residence – Condos at Ten Exchange Street, Portland and a Backer of Mark Dean.

Old Port Controversial Landlord Joe Soley, Mark Dean,  Developer Jonathan Cohen and Greg Mitchell, Portland’s Economic Development Office Director, at October 16, 2017 Meeting. (Cohen is also the Developer for the WEX Headquarters on the Portland Waterfront.)

Mark Dean, Applicant for Entertainment and Dance License for – “Exchange Street Club” at Ten Exchange Street, Last Fall; Since Renamed “Vegas”

By now, it would seem reasonable that the proposed bar for Ten Exchange Street in the Old Port would be closer to opening than it is – rather it appears to be in limbo. When Mark Dean applied for two licenses last fall, the proposed bar was called the Exchange Street Club – in the interim it has been renamed – “Vegas.”

“Work was observed without permits.  Stop work order was issued.  We haven’t received sufficient information (plans, permit, etc.) to remove,” wrote Jessica Grondin, city spokeswoman, in response to an email to this blogger yesterday.  She was responding to the Stop Work notice on the door at Ten Exchange Street in the Old Port.  (See above right photo.)

For many months now, business owners in the area have been very open and honest in their  reporting about hearing hammering and other construction noises coming from that space, despite the lack of permits to do that work – but the city has now officially acknowledged –  It Is What It Is!

By way of background information, on October 16, 2017, the city council unanimously granted Mark Dean his application for a liquor and entertainment  license for the Exchange Street Club – a space he leased in August 2017.  Vegas, when approved and built, will be on the first floor of The Residences at Ten Exchange Street. The licenses were issued with the caveat that staff would report back to the city council by April 30, 2018 if there were issues surrounding the Exchange Street Club still to be resolved.  That date has come and gone.

At the time, some businesses were upset about another bar in the Old Port.  Dean owns Mark’s Place and other establishments in the Old Port area. The Old Port of Portland is notorious for rowdy behavior in the warmer weather when the bars let out and “all hell breaks out.”  Do we really need another bar?

This blogger has inquired from the city spokeswoman where the matter stands – is the city council aware that there are outstanding issues, despite the fact that the April 30, 2018 deadline has come and gone.  This blogger is awaiting a response from the city.  (Note:  As of May 15, 2018, the city has ignored requests for follow-up on this matter.)

Please visit posts herein dated October 16, 2017 and September 30, 2017  on the matter as well as other posts on the same subject.