PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland’s Planning Board has approved a $105 million high-rise development on a former scrapyard in the Bayside neighborhood, despite reservations that the development would be too large and out of character with the area.
Board members Tuesday also expressed skepticism about the developer’s commitment to completing the three-phase project, but said they were satisfied that it complies with the city’s ordinance and comprehensive plan.
The Portland Press Herald, reports that the vote closed more than two years of discussion about the project. The plan calls for construction of four 165-foot towers over 10 years.
Keep Portland Livable, a group formed to oppose the project, has not decided whether it will appeal the approval to Superior Court as it has threatened. The group has 30 days to file an appeal.