Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Jordan’s Site Plan Approved

Munjoy Hill News reports (unlike a certain daily Portland newspaper*) on the Planning Board's approval of the redevelopment of the former Jordan's Meat site. A Hampton Inn will be built there, and Sebago Brewery will be moving it's Middle St. restaurant to the new building.
"Parking in the area has long been an issue in the proposed plan. The new Inn proposed to have 90 surface parking and valet spaces for its 122 room hotel and no parking for the diners who’ll utilize the Inn’s restaurant, Sebago Brewing Co. At a meeting at the Public Market recently, Middle Street business owners expressed concern for the lack of parking that already exists there. A letter from the Portland Regency at 20 Milk Street dated April 12, pointed out an inequity in the system. In 1984 when the full-service hotel was built in the Old Port, the city required it to have 120 parking spaces for the 95 room hotel; in perpetuity. Eventually board members stipulated that the developer for the new Hampton Inn must contract for additional spaces at a nearby parking garage."

* though they have reported on it earlier, but you would not know from searching on their site.