Congress Street at High Street
The city made a big mistake n selling 2/3 of the Congress Square plaza
Over the objection of more than a dozen residents, the City Council's Housing and Community Development Committee voted 3-1 Wednesday to sell most of a downtown plaza to a developer that wants to build an event center.
The council will vote on the purchase-and-sale agreement Sept. 9, said Councilor Nicholas Mavodones, who chairs the committee.
Under the agreement, Rockbridge Capital would pay about $524,000 for 9,500 square feet of the nearly half-acre plaza at the corner of High and Congress streets.
The City Council will vote on the $524,000 agreement for Congress Square Plaza on Sept. 9.
The meeting last night was very discouraging for me- there is so much public opinion against the sale- we should be the stewards of Public land. I am also bothered by the attitudes of the 3 councilors who voted in favor."development is better" Kevin Donohue was very well spoken in his support of saving our park, representing his constituency. wendy stanley
Some interesting information from today:
I want TO ELECT A WHOLE NEW CITY COUNCIL IF THE SQUARE IS SOLD.
Is there discussion that the property would no longer remain public space? Was the proposed hotel event center going to belong to Portland or the hotel operator?
Do you have any new updates, Will?
The park has been sold. Still some paperwork and approvals needed from the city before it's finalized, but council given the ok.
Thanks for the update, Michael!