Two big issues are coming up which may be of interest to many: the future the Maine State Pier and redesign of the Franklin Street Arterial. Pasted below are two City press releases re: meetings on these subjects, in case you want to engage in the process! Thanks to Anne Pringle
from the West End Neighborhood Association & WPNA City Liaison
(on the web at: http://www.wenamaine.org/ )
Maine State Pier Public Meetings
Later this month, the City of Portland will host a series of public meetings to get input on key issues that relate to the future of the Maine State Pier. The meetings are designed to inform the public on the history, policies and development goals for the pier, gather input from the public on a variety of key issues, and convey this information to the City Council. Members of the public interested in the Maine State Pier and its future uses are encouraged to attend these meetings.First, the city will host a briefing on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, The Maine State Pier * Building on the Past, to review the history, recent planning efforts, current policies that impact the waterfront and physical conditions. This meeting will be followed by Today's Marine Economy and the Maine State Pier on Wednesday, March 25, 2009. Regional economic and marine industry experts will participate in a panel discussion of the marine economy and the role the Maine State Pier has to play. On the following evening, the third meeting, Understanding the Local Need and Uses for the Maine State Pier, will include a panel discussion of local business and civic leaders. Both panel discussions will include questions from the public. Following these meetings, the city will host a community design workshop on April 11, 2009, Creating a Pier for Portland's Future, during which the public will tackle questions as they relate to the future of the Maine State Pier utilizing the information gathered during the previous meetings. Members of the public will be broken up into groups and taken through a facilitated conversation as they address the topic. Registration at the city's website, www.portlandmaine.gov, for the workshop is strongly encouraged and will be open to the public next week. Finally, the public will be invited to a presentation of the results from the community workshop to the City Council April 29, 2009.
The Maine State Pier * Building on the Past March 11, 2009 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Ocean Gateway Terminal, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier
Today's Marine Economy and the Maine State Pier March 25, 2009 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Ocean Gateway Terminal, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier
Understanding the Local Need and Uses for the Maine State Pier March 26, 2009 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Ocean Gateway Terminal, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier Community Design Workshops * Creating a Pier for Portland's Future April 11, 2009 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Ocean Gateway Terminal, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier
City Council Presentation April 29, 2009 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM City Council Chambers, City Hall
For those interested in attending the meetings but do not have access to the internet or for more information, contact the City Planning Division at 874-8719. You can also visit the city's website at www.portlandmaine.gov for periodic updates.
Franklin Street Arterial Study
Tomorrow,3/4/09, the City of Portland and members of the Franklin Street Arterial Study Committee will host a meeting with local property owners and businesses to discuss the study and gather input and their perspective for how Franklin Arterial could better serve their property or business. 6:00-7:00PM Where: State of Maine Room, City Hall, 2nd Floor.
A workshop with the public at-large is planned for April 1st at Ocean Gateway 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
The Franklin Arterial Study was initiated in 2008 to identify improvement opportunities to benefit all users of the road, neighboring communities, businesses and the city as a whole. The study is based upon the view that Franklin Street Arterial can play a greater role in the development and enhancement of the East End, the Waterfront, Bayside and Back Cove. The Committee has been charged with developing concepts for a future Franklin Street area that maximize opportunities for commercial development, creation or improvement of open space, automobile and pedestrian safety and place-making for this important gateway to the city. The Committee plans to make its recommendations on preferred corridor improvements by early summer.
Director of Communications
City of Portland
389 Congress Street, Room 208
Portland, ME 04101