Over objections, city approves master plan for Portland Co. site

The Planning Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the master plan to redevelop 10 acres on Portland’s eastern waterfront, amid organized opposition from local residents. The board’s job was to ensure that the general development plan conforms with the city’s comprehensive plan and zoning rules. “I do find this project is in conformance,” said Chairwoman Elizabeth Boepple before the vote. “There is no ambiguity in my mind.” The developer will have to seek site plan approval for each phase of the project, which is expected to be built over the next decade, probably beginning with a new marina. James Brady, a principal with the CPB2 development team, expects it will take two to three phases to complete. “We really see this as an amazing opportunity for the city of Portland to create a new neighborhood and create new housing and create new jobs,” Brady said.

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