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Posted on: February 24, 2017

City Unveils Final Draft of Portland’s New Comprehensive Plan

The City’s Department of Planning and Urban Development is pleased to release a final draft of Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan. This final draft plan is based on work that began in 2015 and included an extensive public engagement pro...

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Comp Plan Documents
Posted on: February 24, 2017

City Urges Landlords to Apply for Lead Hazard Program Funds to Increase Child Safety in Apartments

The City of Portland is urging landlords to apply for lead hazard program funds to increase child safety in apartments. In June 2015, the Maine legislature lowered the state’s childhood lead poisoning standard down to 5 micrograms per deciliter ...

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Housing & Community Development
Posted on: February 24, 2017

Bayside Adapts Design Challenge Announces Call for Submissions

The City of Portland announces a call for submissions for the Bayside Adapts Design Challenge, a planning and community engagement exercise to develop visionary ways to make the Bayside Neighborhood more resilient in the face of climate change. The deadli...

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Posted on: February 22, 2017

Evergreen Cemetery Woodlands - Forest Management Project Begins

The Evergreen Cemetery Forest Management project began this week. Crews mobilized equipment to Evergreen Cemetery over the February 18 weekend in preparation. Equipment access to Evergreen Cemetery woods is via Brentwood Street Gate.    

Trail ac...

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Forestry Division
Posted on: February 15, 2017

Public Hearing on Renaming Franklin Street Moved to February 28

Tonight's City Council Sustainability & Transportation Committee meeting, which was to include a public hearing on renaming Franklin Street in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has been postponed due to the winter storm. The Committee will no...

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee
Posted on: February 14, 2017

Workforce Diversity Job Fair Postponed to March 7

The City of Portland is postponing its Workforce Diversity Job Fair due to the next winter storm slated to arrive Wednesday evening. The job fair, originally slated for February 15, is to help increase the diversity of the City's workforce. It will now be...

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Additional Info...
Posted on: February 15, 2017

Snow Removal Assistance for Elderly & Disabled Residents

The City of Portland would like to encourage citizens to help their neighbors who are physically unable (elderly and disabled) to clear their sidewalks. Elderly and disabled residents who need help with removing snow from sidewalks should contact the City...

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Office of Elder Services
Posted on: February 3, 2017

City Seeking Additional Members for City Manager’s Disability Advisory Committee

The City is currently seeking people with disabilities and who reside within the city of Portland and/or represent an area organization serving people with disabilities to serve on the City Manager's Disability Advisory Committee. Applications ar...

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Portland Disability Advisory Committee
Posted on: February 16, 2017

Portland Water District Issues Boil Water Order for Portion of Munjoy Hill

Due to a water main break on Preble Street in Portland, the Portland Water District has issued a Boil Water Order for a portion of Munjoy Hill: Northeast of Sheridan Street. Please visit the Portland Water District link at the bottom for a map of the impa...

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Portland Water District Website
Posted on: February 10, 2017

Council Committee Hosts Public Hearing Wednesday on Renaming Franklin Street

The City Council’s Sustainability & Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 15 at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers on renaming Franklin Street in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is proposed that...

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee
Posted on: February 6, 2017

City Hosts February 15 Job Fair to Increase Workforce Diversity

The City of Portland is hosting a job fair to help increase the diversity of its workforce on Wednesday, February 15 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Merrill Rehearsal Hall, 20 Myrtle Street in Portland. Attendees can learn about current job opportunities as wel...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: February 9, 2017

February 9 Finance Committee Meeting Cancelled Due to Winter Storm & City Hall Closing at 12PM

Due to the winter storm and City Hall closing at 12:00 PM, tonight's Finance Committee meeting has been cancelled. The meeting's agenda was to include a discussion of the school bond and the CIP budget. 

"In light of today's Nor'Easter storm, whi...

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

Portland Police Chief Honored as Police Chief of the Year by Maine Association of Police

Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck was named Police Chief of the Year by the Maine Association of Police (MAP) last Saturday during its 18th annual awards banquet. Chief Sauschuck received the David W. Pickering Chief’s Award.

Portland Officer J...

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

Mayor Joins AHA's Wear Red Day at City Hall to Celebrate 14 Years of Saving Women's Lives

In celebration of the 14th National Wear Red Day, the American Heart Association (AHA) and Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling are holding a press conference at Portland City Hall on Friday, February 3 at 10:30 AM. The AHA is asking all women to help Maine Go ...

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

Jetport Sets All-Time Passenger Record - 1.78 Million Passengers Use Facility in 2016

The Portland International Jetport (PWM) today announced an all-time record year for traffic, with 1,785,649 passengers in 2016.  The achievement surpasses 2015’s total of 1,728,746 passengers – an increase of 3.2%.  ...

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Portland International Jetport
Posted on: February 3, 2017

February 3 First Friday Art Walk Includes Re-Opening of Portland Museum of Art & Free Street Closure

The February 3 First Friday Art Walk will feature the re-opening of the Portland Museum of Art. The PMA, in close collaboration with the Friends of Congress Square Park, METRO, Creative Portland, and the Greater Portland Convention + Visitors Bureau, has ...

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Posted on: January 18, 2017

City Selects New Tax Assessor

City Manager Jon Jennings is pleased to announce that selection of Christopher A. Huff as Portland’s new City Tax Assessor. The position became available following the retirement of Rick Blackburn, who served the City for 37 years. The Council w...

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City Assessor's Office
Posted on: January 25, 2017

Economic Development Comm to Hold Public Hearing on Possible Sale of City-Owned Properties

The Council’s Economic Development Committee will next meet on Tuesday, January 31 at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers. The Committee’s agenda includes a public hearing to receive public comment on the possible sale of City-owned proper...

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Economic Development Committee
Posted on: January 3, 2017

Treasury Office Now Opens at 8:30 AM

The City of Portland today announced that the City’s Treasury Office will now be open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday. Previously, the office opened at 9:00 AM.

“We’ve made this change as part of our ongoing effort to impro...

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Treasury Office
Posted on: January 12, 2017

Council to Consider Renaming Franklin Street in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The City Council’s Sustainability & Transportation Committee will discuss a proposal at its January 17 meeting to rename Franklin Street in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is proposed that the street would be known as Martin...

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee
Posted on: January 12, 2017

School Facilities Ad Hoc Committee to Host January 19 Public Hearing

The City Council’s School Facilities Ad Hoc Committee will host a January 19 public hearing following six months of review by the Committee. The public hearing will take place from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City ...

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Posted on: January 10, 2017

Mayor Outlines Policy Direction in Second State of the City Address

Mayor Ethan K. Strimling delivered his second State of the City address on January 9, 2017. The address focused heavily on the city’s strengths as well as the policy directions the Mayor would like to implement to meet existing challenges. It wa...

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State of the City Address - Full Text
Posted on: January 11, 2017

Council’s Housing & Finance Committees Meet This Week

The City Council’s Housing and Finance Committees will hold their first meetings of the year this week. The Housing Committee meets January 11 at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers and the Finance Committee meets January 12 at 5:00 PM in Room 209. 

The...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Health & Human Services Committee Meets January 10 to Discuss Goals for Upcoming Year

The City Council’s Health & Human Services Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on January 10 at 5:30 PM in Room 209. The Committee will discuss its goals and work plan for the upcoming year and also receive a presentation from ...

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Agenda & Back up Material
Posted on: December 22, 2016

Portland Readies Ice Skating Ponds in Time for Winter School Break

The City of Portland’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department is pleased to announce the latest ice skating report for the ponds it maintains throughout the winter season. City staff hope citizens will get out and enjoy these offerings, e...

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Parks Department
Posted on: December 1, 2016

Do You Know Snow? You Should! Make Sure You're Prepared.

Despite the warmer than usual November temperatures, the City would like to remind residents of winter storm operations information as we head into December. The Department of Public Works is gearing up for the winter season, in which they care for more t...

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Snow Ban Info
Posted on: December 22, 2016

Portland’s LEAAP Program Gets Support from Charity New Year's Eve Gala

Portland’s Law Enforcement Addiction Advocacy Program will get a boost in the new year thanks to the support of proceeds from a New Year’s Eve charity gala at Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room. 

The City’s LEAAP program, whi...

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Police Department
Posted on: December 21, 2016

City Successfully Transfers Ryan White Grant to Greater Portland Health

City Manager Jon Jennings announced today that the City has received notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration that they have transferred the Ryan White Grant from the City of Portland to Gr...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

City Releases Initial Draft Elements of New Comp Plan

The City’s Planning & Urban Development Department is pleased to release the initial draft elements for the City’s new comprehensive plan document entitled Portland's Plan. These elements were drafted over the past year, with input from more than 40 s...Read on...

Comp Plan Update
Posted on: December 8, 2016

Reiche School Improvements to be Unveiled December 14

 City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau and the City of Portland will host a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM to unveil the improvements that were made to the Reiche Elementary School and Community Center. The City’s Faci...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

City Announces Bayside Adapts - Climate Resilience Planning for the Bayside Neighborhood

The City of Portland announces the beginning of Bayside Adapts, a planning and community engagement exercise to discuss ways to make Bayside a more resilient community in the face of climate change. A community forum on December 14 will be the launch of t...

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Posted on: November 21, 2016

EDC Committee to Discuss Potential Office of Economic Opportunity & Immigrant Integration

For the last eight months, the Portland City Council’s Economic Development Committee has sought to determine whether the City should establish an office focused on integrating immigrants into our local economy in order to ensure that Portlanders have acc...Read on...

Economic Development Committee
Posted on: November 18, 2016

Portland Selected to Participate in Nationwide NLC Resilience Program

The National League of Cities (NLC) and the Wells Fargo Foundation recently announced that the City of Portland was selected to participate in the Leadership in Community Resilience Program (LCRP). Initially announced in March 2016, the LCRP program will ...Read on...

Posted on: November 16, 2016

City Honors Three Local Businesses with Economic Development Awards

Three local Portland businesses will be recognized by the City of Portland and the Portland Development Corporation (PDC) on November 17 at this year’s annual awards ceremony for their role in expanding the city’s economic vitality.

“I want to congrat...Read on...

Posted on: November 15, 2016

City Settles Lawsuit with DHHS Over General Assistance Reimbursement

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has settled a lawsuit with the Maine Department of Health & Human Services regarding the retroactive withholding of more than $1.3 million in General Assistance reimbursement from the City for the pe...Read on...

Posted on: November 16, 2016

Moody - Wilson - Beckett Sewer Separation Project to Begin in December

Re: Moody – Wilson – Beckett Sewer Separation Project November 8, 2016
RE: Start of construction project.

The Portland Department of Public Works would like to inform you that the Moody-Wilson Sewer separation and Beckett Street Sewer Replacement proj...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: October 26, 2016

City Hosts Fundraiser on November 16 to Support Historic Art Collection

The City of Portland announced today that it is continuing its partnership with The Maine Project for Fine Art Conservation (Project MEAC) to complete the conservation of the first of the city-owned portraits and paintings on canvas. In 2013, the City ann...Read on...

Posted on: October 21, 2016

Work Begins on Fort Gorges on October 24

The City’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department will temporarily close Fort Gorges to public access on Monday, October 24, 2016 for a construction project (weather permitting). The Fort will re-open to the public again on the following day. As usua...Read on...

Posted on: October 6, 2016

CDBG Funding Process for Portland Non-Profits Begins October 10

The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is designed to help non-profit organizations start or expand innovative and creative programs that serve the needs of low-income Portland residents.

“It is my hope that we will receive innov...Read on...

Posted on: September 30, 2016

Barron Center Recognized for Innovative Wheelchair Biking Program

The City's Barron Center recently received the Maine Health Care Association (MHCA) 2016 Celebrating Excellence in Innovation Award during a recognition ceremony held at the Augusta Civic Center. The awards, which were presented by Maine’s First Lady Ann...Read on...

Posted on: September 30, 2016

Portland Police Officers to Carry Narcan

In further response to addressing the opioid epidemic in Portland, Police Chief Michael Sauschuck today announced that the Police Department has instituted a new policy for all regularly assigned patrol officers to be equipped with narcan. Every officer h...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2016

City Clerk Honored with Award at Secretary of State’s State Elections Conference

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap presented Portland City Clerk Kathy Jones with the prestigious Lorraine M. Fleury Award at the beginning of the second day of the Maine State Elections Administration Conference at the Sunday River complex in Newry on Sep...Read on...

Posted on: September 9, 2016

Portland Police & Maine Leadership Institute Announce SEALSFit “9”

The Portland Police Department and the Maine Leadership Institute are pleased to announce that the ninth class of Portland-area high school students to participate in SEALSFit will begin meeting this month. SEALSFit is an intensive seven week experiential...Read on...

Posted on: September 7, 2016

Mayor Strimling Adds Arts to the Chamber

Mayor Ethan Strimling recently announced a new endeavor, called "Arts in the Chamber," which will be a part of Portland City Council meetings beginning on Wednesday, September 7th at 5:00 PM. The effort, which will highlight Portland poets, art...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2016

Rapport Selected to Help Track and Reduce Environmental Impact

The City of Portland recently signed an agreement with Rapport, a leading sustainability management platform, to provide environmental impact measurement, monitoring, and reporting for 50 city buildings including municipal offices and schools. The idea of...Read on...

Posted on: August 23, 2016

Congress Square Public Artist Selected

The Portland Public Art Committee is pleased to announce that the artist Sarah Sze has been selected for the Congress Square Public Art Commission. Ms. Sze, originally from Boston and who has family ties in Maine, was chosen especially for her use of col...Read on...

Congress Square Redesign Project
Posted on: August 9, 2016

City Selects Five Artists for Utility Box Project

The City of Portland Police Department and the Portland Public Art Committee, in conjunction with generous donations from NBT Bank and Port Property Management, announced an open call for artists back in June to submit their proposed designs for enhancing...Read on...

Posted on: July 21, 2016

Portland Receives Federal Funding for Healthy Homes

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $1,568,592 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program funding and $246,275 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding. The City will use the funding to help address lead hazards in 80 ...Read on...

Housing & Community Development
Posted on: July 21, 2016

Energy & Sustainability Committee Sends Ocean Avenue Solar Proposal to Full Council

On Wednesday, July 20th, the Council’s Energy and Sustainability Committee heard a presentation and accepted public comments on the proposed plans to build a solar array at the former Ocean Avenue Landfill site. The Committee voted unanimously 3-0 to forw...Read on...

Energy & Sustainability Committee Info
Posted on: July 19, 2016

New 21+ Age Requirement to Purchase Tobacco Goes Into Effect Tomorrow in Portland

On June 20, 2016, the Portland City Council voted in favor of raising the Minimum Legal Sale Age (MLSA) for tobacco products referenced in Chapter 17, Article V of City of Portland Code of Ordinances, from 18 to 21 years of age. The change goes into effec...Read on...

Posted on: June 21, 2016

Portland Announces New Director of Permitting & Inspections Department

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has selected Michael A. Russell to lead its new Department of Permitting & Inspections. The City Council voted to approve his appointment at its June 20 meeting. He will begin working in his new role...Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2016

City Closes $2.3M Real Estate Sale to Advance Midtown Project

The City of Portland announced today that it has closed on the real estate for the Midtown development project to The Federated Companies for $2.3 million. The project will be a major catalyst to support the revitalization of the Bayside neighborhood with...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2016

City Removes Exclusion for Transgender Health Care Services from Employee Health Plan

The City of Portland announced today that the Council will vote on a resolution (see attached) during Monday’s Council meeting to remove the exclusion for transgender health care services from its employee health plan. The resolution is sponsored by Mayor...Read on...

Posted on: June 3, 2016

Congress Square Redesign Team Selected

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that WRT (Wallace Roberts & Todd) of Philadelphia has been selected as the design team for the Congress Square Redesign project. The WRT team also includes urban horticulturalist Patrick Cullina, graphic des...Read on...

Congress Square Redesign Project
Posted on: May 18, 2016

Portland Honored with 'Playful City' Designation

Portland is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the first time! Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Playful City USA is a national recognition program that honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playab...Read on...

Playful City USA
Posted on: May 17, 2016

City Council Approves $236 Million FY17 Municipal Budget

The Portland City Council approved the FY17 municipal budget at its May 16, 2016 meeting. The $236 million budget will result in a 2.3% combined property tax increase resulting in a mill rate of $21.11. Thanks to many positive budget drivers, including a ...Read on...

Finance Committee
Posted on: March 10, 2016

Forest Avenue Rezoning - UPDATE

UPDATE: The Neighborhood Mtg. to be held tonight will be held at MERRILL AUDITORIUM, REHEARSAL HALL, MYRTLE STREET. PLEASE ENTER THE BUILDING ON MYRTLE STREET.

Dear Neighbor,

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss the City of Portland...Read on...


Posted on: February 23, 2017

Portand has been named a top convention destination for 2017 for events of 1000 or less attendees.

MeetingSource.com Announces List of Top Convention Cities in the USA for 2017

One hundred and seventy-six convention cities were scored and ranked for five primary convention site selection factors:  Affordability; Ease of Access; Safety; Walk-abi...

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

Economic Development Comm to Hold Public Hearing on Possible Sale of City-Owned Properties

The Council’s Economic Development Committee will next meet on Tuesday, January 31 at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers. The Committee’s agenda includes a public hearing to receive public comment on the possible sale of City-owned properties. The properties...

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Economic Development Committee
Posted on: November 16, 2016

City Honors Local Businesses with Economic Development Awards

Three local Portland businesses will be recognized by the City of Portland and the Portland Development Corporation (PDC) tomorrow evening at this year’s annual awards ceremony for their role in expanding the city’s economic vitality.

“I want to congr...Read on...

Posted on: August 30, 2016

Portland Pizzerias Make Esquire Magazine's Top Listing

MaineBiz notes "Portland is in good company on Equire's "Best Pizza" List. See Link below.

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Posted on: June 20, 2016

City Closes $2.3M Real Estate Sale to Advance Midtown Project

The City of Portland announced today that it has closed on the real estate for the Midtown development project to The Federated Companies for $2.3 million. The project will be a major catalyst to support the revitalization of the Bayside neighborhood with...Read on...


Posted on: September 23, 2016

City Clerk Honored with Award at Secretary of State’s State Elections Conference

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap presented Portland City Clerk Kathy Jones with the prestigious Lorraine M. Fleury Award at the beginning of the second day of the Maine State Elections Administration Conference at the Sunday River complex in Newry on Sep...Read on...


Posted on: February 15, 2017

Snow Removal Assistance for Elderly & Disabled Residents

The City of Portland would like to encourage citizens to help their neighbors who are physically unable (elderly and disabled) to clear their sidewalks. Elderly and disabled residents who need help with removing snow from sidewalks should contact the City...

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Office of Elder Services
Posted on: January 6, 2017

Health & Human Services Committee Meets January 10 to Discuss Goals for Upcoming Year

The City Council’s Health & Human Services Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on January 10 at 5:30 PM in Room 209. The Committee will discuss its goals and work plan for the upcoming year and also receive a presentation from City staff...

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Agenda & Back up Material
Posted on: December 21, 2016

City Successfully Transfers Ryan White Grant to Greater Portland Health

City Manager Jon Jennings announced today that the City has received notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration that they have transferred the Ryan White Grant from the City of Portland to Gr...

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Posted on: November 15, 2016

City Settles Lawsuit with DHHS Over General Assistance Reimbursement

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has settled a lawsuit with the Maine Department of Health & Human Services regarding the retroactive withholding of more than $1.3 million in General Assistance reimbursement from the City for the pe...Read on...

Posted on: November 4, 2016

Public Health Staffer Helps Launch New National Childhood Trauma Prevention Campaign

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016 a team from Portland Defending Childhood including Barrett Wilkinson from the City’s Public Health Division attended The White House launch of the Changing Minds Public Awareness campaign. This awareness-raising campaign is ...Read on...

Portland Defending Childhood
Posted on: October 21, 2016

Office of Elder Affairs partnered with the Elder Abuse Institute of Maine in 2009

The Portland Office of Elder Affairs partnered with the Elder Abuse Institute of Maine in 2009 to develop a unique program that provides transitional housing and support services for older Mainers experiencing domestic abuse. Now in it's 8th year, the fe...Read on...

Downeast Article:
Posted on: October 6, 2016

CDBG Funding Process for Portland Non-Profits Begins October 10

The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is designed to help non-profit organizations start or expand innovative and creative programs that serve the needs of low-income Portland residents.

“It is my hope that we will receive innov...Read on...

Posted on: September 30, 2016

Barron Center Recognized for Innovative Wheelchair Biking Program

The City's Barron Center recently received the Maine Health Care Association (MHCA) 2016 Celebrating Excellence in Innovation Award during a recognition ceremony held at the Augusta Civic Center. The awards, which were presented by Maine’s First Lady Ann...Read on...

Posted on: July 19, 2016

New 21+ Age Requirement to Purchase Tobacco Goes Into Effect Tomorrow in Portland

On June 20, 2016, the Portland City Council voted in favor of raising the Minimum Legal Sale Age (MLSA) for tobacco products referenced in Chapter 17, Article V of City of Portland Code of Ordinances, from 18 to 21 years of age. The change goes into effec...Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2016

City Council Approves $236 Million FY17 Municipal Budget

The Portland City Council approved the FY17 municipal budget at its May 16, 2016 meeting. The $236 million budget will result in a 2.3% combined property tax increase resulting in a mill rate of $21.11. Thanks to many positive budget drivers, including a ...Read on...

Finance Committee

Posted on: February 10, 2017

Mayors Send Letter to New England Patriots Asking for Super Bowl Celebration Visit

On behalf of the Cities of Bangor, Brewer, and Portland, Mayors Joe Baldacci, Kevin O’Connell, and Ethan Strimling sent a letter this week to New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft congratulating the team on its record-breaking Super...

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

February 9 Finance Committee Meeting Cancelled Due to Winter Storm

Due to the winter storm and City Hall closing at 12:00 PM, tonight's Finance Committee meeting has been cancelled. The meeting's agenda was to include a discussion of the school bond and the CIP budget. 

"In light of today's Nor'Easter storm, whi...

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Posted on: February 6, 2017

City Hosts February 15 Job Fair to Increase Workforce Diversity

The City of Portland is hosting a job fair to help increase the diversity of its workforce on Wednesday, February 15 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Merrill Rehearsal Hall, 20 Myrtle Street in Portland. Attendees can learn about current job opportunities as wel...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: February 2, 2017

Mayor Joins AHA's Wear Red Day at City Hall to Celebrate 14 Years of Saving Women's Lives

In celebration of the 14th National Wear Red Day, the American Heart Association (AHA) and Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling are holding a press conference on Friday, February 3 at Portland City Hall. The AHA is asking all women to help Maine Go Red on this ...

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

Mayor Strimling Congratulates Portland Jetport on Record Year

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling offered his congratulations today to the Portland Jetport as they announced an all-time record year for traffic with 1.78 million passengers using the facility in 2016.

"Congratulations to the Portland Jetport for reachi...

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Portland International Jetport
Posted on: January 25, 2017

Mayor Strimling Congratulates METRO on 50th Anniversary & Record Ridership

Mayor Ethan Strimling released the following statement today in response to METRO's press release from earlier today. 

"I want to congratulate METRO on their 50th anniversary and for reaching record ridership levels," said Mayor Ethan S...

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Greater Portland METRO
Posted on: January 25, 2017

Economic Development Comm to Hold Public Hearing on Possible Sale of City-Owned Properties

The Council’s Economic Development Committee will next meet on Tuesday, January 31 at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers. The Committee’s agenda includes a public hearing to receive public comment on the possible sale of City-owned properties. The properties...

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Economic Development Committee
Posted on: January 12, 2017

Council to Consider Renaming Franklin Street in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The City Council’s Sustainability & Transportation Committee will discuss a proposal at its January 17 meeting to rename Franklin Street in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is proposed that the street would be known as Martin Luther Ki...

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee
Posted on: January 10, 2017

Mayor Outlines Policy Direction in Second State of the City Address

Mayor Ethan K. Strimling delivered his second State of the City address on January 9, 2017. The address focused heavily on the city’s strengths as well as the policy directions the Mayor would like to implement to meet existing challenges. It was develope...

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State of the City Address - Full Text
Posted on: December 1, 2016

City Announces Bayside Adapts - Climate Resilience Planning for the Bayside Neighborhood

The City of Portland announces the beginning of Bayside Adapts, a planning and community engagement exercise to discuss ways to make Bayside a more resilient community in the face of climate change. A community forum on December 14 will be the launch of t...

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Posted on: November 21, 2016

EDC Committee to Discuss Potential Office of Economic Opportunity & Immigrant Integration

For the last eight months, the Portland City Council’s Economic Development Committee has sought to determine whether the City should establish an office focused on integrating immigrants into our local economy in order to ensure that Portlanders have acc...Read on...

Economic Development Committee
Posted on: November 16, 2016

City to Honor Local Businesses Tomorrow Night at Annual Awards Ceremony

Three local Portland businesses will be recognized by the City of Portland and the Portland Development Corporation (PDC) tomorrow evening at this year’s annual awards ceremony for their role in expanding the city’s economic vitality.

“I want to congr...Read on...

Posted on: November 15, 2016

City Settles Lawsuit with DHHS Over General Assistance Reimbursement

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has settled a lawsuit with the Maine Department of Health & Human Services regarding the retroactive withholding of more than $1.3 million in General Assistance reimbursement from the City for the pe...Read on...

Posted on: September 7, 2016

Mayor Strimling Adds Arts to the Chamber

Mayor Ethan Strimling recently announced a new endeavor, called "Arts in the Chamber," which will be a part of Portland City Council meetings beginning on Wednesday, September 7th at 5:00 PM. The effort, which will highlight Portland poets, art...Read on...

Posted on: July 21, 2016

Energy & Sustainability Committee Sends Ocean Avenue Solar Proposal to Full Council

On Wednesday, July 20th, the Council’s Energy and Sustainability Committee heard a presentation and accepted public comments on the proposed plans to build a solar array at the former Ocean Avenue Landfill site. The Committee voted unanimously 3-0 to forw...Read on...

Energy & Sustainability Committee Info
Posted on: July 21, 2016

Portland Receives Federal Funding for Healthy Homes

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $1,568,592 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program funding and $246,275 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding. The City will use the funding to help address lead hazards in 80 ...Read on...

Housing & Community Development
Posted on: June 20, 2016

City Closes $2.3M Real Estate Sale to Advance Midtown Project

The City of Portland announced today that it has closed on the real estate for the Midtown development project to The Federated Companies for $2.3 million. The project will be a major catalyst to support the revitalization of the Bayside neighborhood with...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2016

City Removes Exclusion for Transgender Health Care Services from Employee Health Plan

The City of Portland announced today that the Council will vote on a resolution (see attached) during Monday’s Council meeting to remove the exclusion for transgender health care services from its employee health plan. The resolution is sponsored by Mayor...Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2016

City Council Approves $236 Million FY17 Municipal Budget

The Portland City Council approved the FY17 municipal budget at its May 16, 2016 meeting. The $236 million budget will result in a 2.3% combined property tax increase resulting in a mill rate of $21.11. Thanks to many positive budget drivers, including a ...Read on...

Finance Committee

Posted on: December 1, 2016

Do You Know Snow? You Should! Make Sure You're Prepared.

Despite the warmer than usual November temperatures, the City would like to remind residents of winter storm operations information as we head into December. The Department of Public Works is gearing up for the winter season, in which they care for more t...

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Snow Ban Info

Posted on: August 23, 2016

Congress Square Public Artist Selected

The Portland Public Art Committee is pleased to announce that the artist Sarah Sze has been selected for the Congress Square Public Art Commission. Ms. Sze, originally from Boston and who has family ties in Maine, was chosen especially for her use of col...Read on...

Congress Square Redesign Project
Posted on: June 3, 2016

Congress Square Redesign Team Selected

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that WRT (Wallace Roberts & Todd) of Philadelphia has been selected as the design team for the Congress Square Redesign project. The WRT team also includes urban horticulturalist Patrick Cullina, graphic des...Read on...

Congress Square Redesign Project
Posted on: April 13, 2016

Notice of Temporary Art Application Review - Congress Square Park

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
11:00 a.m.4th Floor Conference Room - City Hall
Public Comment will be taken

The ad hoc Temporary Art Review Panel will consider an application submitted by Justin Levesque entitled Iceland x 207: Container. The application...Read on...


Posted on: February 24, 2017

City Unveils Final Draft of Portland’s New Comprehensive Plan

The City’s Department of Planning and Urban Development is pleased to release a final draft of Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan. This final draft plan is based on work that began in 2015 and included an extensive public engagement process, including atte...

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Comp Plan Documents
Posted on: February 24, 2017

City Urges Landlords to Apply for Lead Hazard Program Funds to Increase Child Safety in Apartments

The City of Portland is urging landlords to apply for lead hazard program funds to increase child safety in apartments. In June 2015, the Maine legislature lowered the state’s childhood lead poisoning standard down to 5 micrograms per deciliter and the St...

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Housing & Community Development
Posted on: November 18, 2016

City Releases Initial Draft Elements of New Comp Plan

The City’s Planning & Urban Development Department is pleased to release the initial draft elements for the City’s new comprehensive plan document entitled Portland's Plan. These elements were drafted over the past year, with input from more than 40 s...Read on...

Comp Plan Update
Posted on: October 6, 2016

CDBG Funding Process for Portland Non-Profits Begins October 10

The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is designed to help non-profit organizations start or expand innovative and creative programs that serve the needs of low-income Portland residents.

“It is my hope that we will receive innov...Read on...

Posted on: August 23, 2016

Congress Square Public Artist Selected

The Portland Public Art Committee is pleased to announce that the artist Sarah Sze has been selected for the Congress Square Public Art Commission. Ms. Sze, originally from Boston and who has family ties in Maine, was chosen especially for her use of col...Read on...

Congress Square Redesign Project
Posted on: July 21, 2016

Portland Receives Federal Funding for Healthy Homes

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $1,568,592 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program funding and $246,275 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding. The City will use the funding to help address lead hazards in 80 ...Read on...

Housing & Community Development
Posted on: June 3, 2016

Congress Square Redesign Team Selected

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that WRT (Wallace Roberts & Todd) of Philadelphia has been selected as the design team for the Congress Square Redesign project. The WRT team also includes urban horticulturalist Patrick Cullina, graphic des...Read on...

Congress Square Redesign Project
Posted on: March 10, 2016

Forest Avenue Rezoning - UPDATE

UPDATE: The Neighborhood Mtg. to be held tonight will be held at MERRILL AUDITORIUM, REHEARSAL HALL, MYRTLE STREET. PLEASE ENTER THE BUILDING ON MYRTLE STREET.

Dear Neighbor,

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss the City of Portland...Read on...


Posted on: December 21, 2016

City Successfully Transfers Ryan White Grant to Greater Portland Health

City Manager Jon Jennings announced today that the City has received notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration that they have transferred the Ryan White Grant from the City of Portland to Gr...

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Posted on: November 23, 2016

Health Equity Alliance Presents: 2016 Maine Minority Health Conference

Lewiston, ME– On December 2nd, the Health Equity Alliance (HEAL) will host the 6th Annual Maine Minority Health Conference (MMHC). The conference will take place from 8am-4pm at the Green Ladle, 156 East Ave. in Lewiston, ME. The MMHC targets al...

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Full Press Relase
Posted on: November 4, 2016

Public Health Staffer Helps Launch New National Childhood Trauma Prevention Campaign

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016 a team from Portland Defending Childhood including Barrett Wilkinson from the City’s Public Health Division attended The White House launch of the Changing Minds Public Awareness campaign. This awareness-raising campaign is ...Read on...

Portland Defending Childhood
Posted on: October 31, 2016

Flu Clinics for 2016-17

Due to the increased availability of flu vaccine through pharmacies and medical providers, the City of Portland Public Health Division will not be offering any flu clinics to the general public during the 2016-17 flu season.

Posted on: September 6, 2016

Public Health Division Achieves Accreditation

The City of Portland’s Public Health Division has achieved local public health department accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This places Portland in the first 6% to achieve this distinction among more than 2,500 local publ...Read on...

Posted on: July 19, 2016

New 21+ Age Requirement to Purchase Tobacco Goes Into Effect Tomorrow in Portland

On June 20, 2016, the Portland City Council voted in favor of raising the Minimum Legal Sale Age (MLSA) for tobacco products referenced in Chapter 17, Article V of City of Portland Code of Ordinances, from 18 to 21 years of age. The change goes into effec...Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2016

City Council Approves $236 Million FY17 Municipal Budget

The Portland City Council approved the FY17 municipal budget at its May 16, 2016 meeting. The $236 million budget will result in a 2.3% combined property tax increase resulting in a mill rate of $21.11. Thanks to many positive budget drivers, including a ...Read on...

Finance Committee

Posted on: February 6, 2017

Neighborhood Meeting: State Street - Marginal Way Sewers

State Street Marginal Way Sewer Map

The Portland Department of Public Works would like to invite you to a neighborhood meeting to discuss

the design of the above referenced project. The attached map will assist in defining the project

boundaries. The project is intended to help the City with ...

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Additional Info...
Posted on: January 23, 2017

Deering Street Sewer Separation Project Public Notice

The Department of Public Works would like to update you on the status and activities regarding the above referenced project. As a reminder, this project will separate the existing combined sewer in the street into a separate sanitary sewer and a separate ...

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Additional Info...
Posted on: December 2, 2016

Residential Sand and Salt Location

This year, the City’s residential sand and salt pile will be located back at it's original location, the parking lot next to the Castle in Deering Oaks Park. 

This sand and salt pile is for residential use only, contractors are not allowed....

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

Do You Know Snow? You Should! Make Sure You're Prepared.

Despite the warmer than usual November temperatures, the City would like to remind residents of winter storm operations information as we head into December. The Department of Public Works is gearing up for the winter season, in which they care for more t...

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Snow Ban Info
Posted on: November 16, 2016

Moody - Wilson - Beckett Sewer Separation Project to Begin in December

Re: Moody – Wilson – Beckett Sewer Separation Project November 8, 2016
RE: Start of construction project.

The Portland Department of Public Works would like to inform you that the Moody-Wilson Sewer separation and Beckett Street Sewer Replacement proj...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: November 2, 2016

Neighborhood Meeting Scheduled for Woodford Street-Forest Ave Storm Drain Project

The Portland Department of Public Works would like to invite you to a neighborhood meeting to discuss the design of the Woodford Street-Forest Ave Storm Drain Project. The project is intended to accomplish two items: 1) to help the City with their effort...Read on...


Posted on: February 22, 2017

Evergreen Cemetery Woodlands - Forest Management Project Begins

The Evergreen Cemetery Forest Management project began this week. Crews mobilized equipment to Evergreen Cemetery over the February 18 weekend in preparation. Equipment access to Evergreen Cemetery woods is via Brentwood Street Gate.    

Trail ac...

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Forestry Division
Posted on: December 22, 2016

Portland Readies Ice Skating Ponds in Time for Winter School Break

The City of Portland’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department is pleased to announce the latest ice skating report for the ponds it maintains throughout the winter season. City staff hope citizens will get out and enjoy these offerings, especially ...

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Parks Department
Posted on: December 8, 2016

Reiche School Improvements to be Unveiled December 14

 City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau and the City of Portland will host a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM to unveil the improvements that were made to the Reiche Elementary School and Community Center. The City’s Facilities Dep...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

Do You Know Snow? You Should! Make Sure You're Prepared.

Despite the warmer than usual November temperatures, the City would like to remind residents of winter storm operations information as we head into December. The Department of Public Works is gearing up for the winter season, in which they care for more t...

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Snow Ban Info
Posted on: October 21, 2016

Work Begins on Fort Gorges on October 24

The City’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department will temporarily close Fort Gorges to public access on Monday, October 24, 2016 for a construction project (weather permitting). The Fort will re-open to the public again on the following day. As usua...Read on...

Posted on: May 18, 2016

Portland Honored with 'Playful City' Designation

Portland is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the first time! Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Playful City USA is a national recognition program that honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playab...Read on...

Playful City USA

Posted on: January 6, 2017

Health & Human Services Committee Meets January 10 to Discuss Goals for Upcoming Year

The City Council’s Health & Human Services Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on January 10 at 5:30 PM in Room 209. The Committee will discuss its goals and work plan for the upcoming year and also receive a presentation from City staff...

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Agenda & Back up Material
Posted on: October 6, 2016

CDBG Funding Process for Portland Non-Profits Begins October 10

The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is designed to help non-profit organizations start or expand innovative and creative programs that serve the needs of low-income Portland residents.

“It is my hope that we will receive innov...Read on...


Posted on: September 23, 2016

City Clerk Honored with Award at Secretary of State’s State Elections Conference

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap presented Portland City Clerk Kathy Jones with the prestigious Lorraine M. Fleury Award at the beginning of the second day of the Maine State Elections Administration Conference at the Sunday River complex in Newry on Sep...Read on...


Posted on: February 9, 2017

February 9 Finance Committee Meeting Cancelled Due to Winter Storm

Due to the winter storm and City Hall closing at 12:00 PM, tonight's Finance Committee meeting has been cancelled. The meeting's agenda was to include a discussion of the school bond and the CIP budget. 

"In light of today's Nor'Easter storm, whi...

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

Economic Development Comm to Hold Public Hearing on Possible Sale of City-Owned Properties

The Council’s Economic Development Committee will next meet on Tuesday, January 31 at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers. The Committee’s agenda includes a public hearing to receive public comment on the possible sale of City-owned properties. The properties...

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Economic Development Committee
Posted on: January 12, 2017

Council to Consider Renaming Franklin Street in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The City Council’s Sustainability & Transportation Committee will discuss a proposal at its January 17 meeting to rename Franklin Street in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is proposed that the street would be known as Martin Luther Ki...

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee
Posted on: January 11, 2017

Council’s Housing & Finance Committees Meet This Week

The City Council’s Housing and Finance Committees will hold their first meetings of the year this week. The Housing Committee meets January 11 at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers and the Finance Committee meets January 12 at 5:00 PM in Room 209. 

The Housi...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Health & Human Services Committee Meets January 10 to Discuss Goals for Upcoming Year

The City Council’s Health & Human Services Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on January 10 at 5:30 PM in Room 209. The Committee will discuss its goals and work plan for the upcoming year and also receive a presentation from City staff...

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Agenda & Back up Material
Posted on: December 8, 2016

Reiche School Improvements to be Unveiled December 14

 City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau and the City of Portland will host a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM to unveil the improvements that were made to the Reiche Elementary School and Community Center. The City’s Facilities Dep...

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Posted on: November 21, 2016

EDC Committee to Discuss Potential Office of Economic Opportunity & Immigrant Integration

For the last eight months, the Portland City Council’s Economic Development Committee has sought to determine whether the City should establish an office focused on integrating immigrants into our local economy in order to ensure that Portlanders have acc...Read on...

Economic Development Committee
Posted on: October 25, 2016

STREET TREE TEXT AMENDMENT

Newsflash: A Street Tree Text Amendment is proposed to outline alternative ways of providing street trees as part of site developments.

More: The proposed Street Tree Text Amendment would allow applicants to meet the site plan street tree requireme...Read on...

Posted on: October 25, 2016

NEW SOLAR ENERGY ORDINANCE

Newsflash: A new Solar Energy Ordinance is proposed to support solar energy installations in Portland.

More: The proposed New Solar Energy Ordinance clarifies and expands the permitting framework to allow: a) installation of smaller solar energy s...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2016

Rapport Selected to Help Track and Reduce Environmental Impact

The City of Portland recently signed an agreement with Rapport, a leading sustainability management platform, to provide environmental impact measurement, monitoring, and reporting for 50 city buildings including municipal offices and schools. The idea of...Read on...

Posted on: July 21, 2016

Energy & Sustainability Committee Sends Ocean Avenue Solar Proposal to Full Council

On Wednesday, July 20th, the Council’s Energy and Sustainability Committee heard a presentation and accepted public comments on the proposed plans to build a solar array at the former Ocean Avenue Landfill site. The Committee voted unanimously 3-0 to forw...Read on...

Energy & Sustainability Committee Info
Posted on: June 15, 2016

City Removes Exclusion for Transgender Health Care Services from Employee Health Plan

The City of Portland announced today that the Council will vote on a resolution (see attached) during Monday’s Council meeting to remove the exclusion for transgender health care services from its employee health plan. The resolution is sponsored by Mayor...Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2016

City Council Approves $236 Million FY17 Municipal Budget

The Portland City Council approved the FY17 municipal budget at its May 16, 2016 meeting. The $236 million budget will result in a 2.3% combined property tax increase resulting in a mill rate of $21.11. Thanks to many positive budget drivers, including a ...Read on...

Finance Committee

Posted on: February 24, 2017

Bayside Adapts Design Challenge Announces Call for Submissions

The City of Portland announces a call for submissions for the Bayside Adapts Design Challenge, a planning and community engagement exercise to develop visionary ways to make the Bayside Neighborhood more resilient in the face of climate change. The deadli...

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Posted on: February 14, 2017

City Postpones Workforce Diversity Job Fair Due to Wednesday Night Storm

The City of Portland is postponing its Workforce Diversity Job Fair due to the next winter storm slated to arrive Wednesday evening. The job fair, originally slated for February 15, is to help increase the diversity of the City's workforce. It will now be...

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Posted on: February 6, 2017

City Hosts February 15 Job Fair to Increase Workforce Diversity

The City of Portland is hosting a job fair to help increase the diversity of its workforce on Wednesday, February 15 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Merrill Rehearsal Hall, 20 Myrtle Street in Portland. Attendees can learn about current job opportunities as wel...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: February 3, 2017

City Seeking Additional Members for City Manager’s Disability Advisory Committee

The City is currently seeking people with disabilities and who reside within the city of Portland and/or represent an area organization serving people with disabilities to serve on the City Manager's Disability Advisory Committee. Applications are due Mar...

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Portland Disability Advisory Committee
Posted on: February 2, 2017

Portland Police Chief Honored as Police Chief of the Year by Maine Association of Police

Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck was named Police Chief of the Year by the Maine Association of Police (MAP) last Saturday during its 18th annual awards banquet. Chief Sauschuck received the David W. Pickering Chief’s Award.

Portland Officer Jeff Ha...

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

Economic Development Comm to Hold Public Hearing on Possible Sale of City-Owned Properties

The Council’s Economic Development Committee will next meet on Tuesday, January 31 at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers. The Committee’s agenda includes a public hearing to receive public comment on the possible sale of City-owned properties. The properties...

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Economic Development Committee
Posted on: January 18, 2017

City Selects New Tax Assessor

City Manager Jon Jennings is pleased to announce that selection of Christopher A. Huff as Portland’s new City Tax Assessor. The position became available following the retirement of Rick Blackburn, who served the City for 37 years. The Council will vote o...

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City Assessor's Office
Posted on: January 12, 2017

Council to Consider Renaming Franklin Street in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The City Council’s Sustainability & Transportation Committee will discuss a proposal at its January 17 meeting to rename Franklin Street in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is proposed that the street would be known as Martin Luther Ki...

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee
Posted on: January 3, 2017

Treasury Office Now Opens at 8:30 AM

The City of Portland today announced that the City’s Treasury Office will now be open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday. Previously, the office opened at 9:00 AM.

“We’ve made this change as part of our ongoing effort to improve customer service and re...

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Treasury Office
Posted on: December 21, 2016

City Successfully Transfers Ryan White Grant to Greater Portland Health

City Manager Jon Jennings announced today that the City has received notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration that they have transferred the Ryan White Grant from the City of Portland to Gr...

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Posted on: December 8, 2016

Reiche School Improvements to be Unveiled December 14

 City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau and the City of Portland will host a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM to unveil the improvements that were made to the Reiche Elementary School and Community Center. The City’s Facilities Dep...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

City Announces Bayside Adapts - Climate Resilience Planning for the Bayside Neighborhood

The City of Portland announces the beginning of Bayside Adapts, a planning and community engagement exercise to discuss ways to make Bayside a more resilient community in the face of climate change. A community forum on December 14 will be the launch of t...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

Do You Know Snow? You Should! Make Sure You're Prepared.

Despite the warmer than usual November temperatures, the City would like to remind residents of winter storm operations information as we head into December. The Department of Public Works is gearing up for the winter season, in which they care for more t...

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Snow Ban Info
Posted on: November 21, 2016

EDC Committee to Discuss Potential Office of Economic Opportunity & Immigrant Integration

For the last eight months, the Portland City Council’s Economic Development Committee has sought to determine whether the City should establish an office focused on integrating immigrants into our local economy in order to ensure that Portlanders have acc...Read on...

Economic Development Committee
Posted on: November 16, 2016

City Honors Local Businesses with Economic Development Awards

Three local Portland businesses will be recognized by the City of Portland and the Portland Development Corporation (PDC) tomorrow evening at this year’s annual awards ceremony for their role in expanding the city’s economic vitality.

“I want to congr...Read on...

Posted on: November 15, 2016

City Settles Lawsuit with DHHS Over General Assistance Reimbursement

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has settled a lawsuit with the Maine Department of Health & Human Services regarding the retroactive withholding of more than $1.3 million in General Assistance reimbursement from the City for the pe...Read on...

Posted on: October 26, 2016

City Hosts Fundraiser on November 16 to Support Historic Art Collection

The City of Portland announced today that it is continuing its partnership with The Maine Project for Fine Art Conservation (Project MEAC) to complete the conservation of the first of the city-owned portraits and paintings on canvas. In 2013, the City ann...Read on...

Posted on: October 21, 2016

Work Begins on Fort Gorges on October 24

The City’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department will temporarily close Fort Gorges to public access on Monday, October 24, 2016 for a construction project (weather permitting). The Fort will re-open to the public again on the following day. As usua...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2016

Rapport Selected to Help Track and Reduce Environmental Impact

The City of Portland recently signed an agreement with Rapport, a leading sustainability management platform, to provide environmental impact measurement, monitoring, and reporting for 50 city buildings including municipal offices and schools. The idea of...Read on...

Posted on: July 21, 2016

Energy & Sustainability Committee Sends Ocean Avenue Solar Proposal to Full Council

On Wednesday, July 20th, the Council’s Energy and Sustainability Committee heard a presentation and accepted public comments on the proposed plans to build a solar array at the former Ocean Avenue Landfill site. The Committee voted unanimously 3-0 to forw...Read on...

Energy & Sustainability Committee Info
Posted on: June 21, 2016

Portland Announces New Director of Permitting & Inspections Department

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has selected Michael A. Russell to lead its new Department of Permitting & Inspections. The City Council voted to approve his appointment at its June 20 meeting. He will begin working in his new role...Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2016

City Closes $2.3M Real Estate Sale to Advance Midtown Project

The City of Portland announced today that it has closed on the real estate for the Midtown development project to The Federated Companies for $2.3 million. The project will be a major catalyst to support the revitalization of the Bayside neighborhood with...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2016

City Removes Exclusion for Transgender Health Care Services from Employee Health Plan

The City of Portland announced today that the Council will vote on a resolution (see attached) during Monday’s Council meeting to remove the exclusion for transgender health care services from its employee health plan. The resolution is sponsored by Mayor...Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2016

City Council Approves $236 Million FY17 Municipal Budget

The Portland City Council approved the FY17 municipal budget at its May 16, 2016 meeting. The $236 million budget will result in a 2.3% combined property tax increase resulting in a mill rate of $21.11. Thanks to many positive budget drivers, including a ...Read on...

Finance Committee

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

February 9 Finance Committee Meeting Cancelled Due to Winter Storm

Due to the winter storm and City Hall closing at 12:00 PM, tonight's Finance Committee meeting has been cancelled. The meeting's agenda was to include a discussion of the school bond and the CIP budget. 

"In light of today's Nor'Easter storm, whi...

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Posted on: January 11, 2017

Council’s Housing & Finance Committees Meet This Week

The City Council’s Housing and Finance Committees will hold their first meetings of the year this week. The Housing Committee meets January 11 at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers and the Finance Committee meets January 12 at 5:00 PM in Room 209. 

The Housi...

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Posted on: January 3, 2017

Treasury Office Now Opens at 8:30 AM

The City of Portland today announced that the City’s Treasury Office will now be open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday. Previously, the office opened at 9:00 AM.

“We’ve made this change as part of our ongoing effort to improve customer service and re...

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Treasury Office
Posted on: May 17, 2016

City Council Approves $236 Million FY17 Municipal Budget

The Portland City Council approved the FY17 municipal budget at its May 16, 2016 meeting. The $236 million budget will result in a 2.3% combined property tax increase resulting in a mill rate of $21.11. Thanks to many positive budget drivers, including a ...Read on...

Finance Committee

Posted on: February 21, 2017

3-1-17 HP Meeting

383 Commercial Street

To Residents and Property Owners:  The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a workshop to consider a plan by Gordon Reger, Holdings, LLC for an advisory review of proposed new construction at 383 COMMERCIAL ST.

The works...

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Posted on: February 6, 2017

*TODAY'S MEETING POSTPONED (2-15-17 HP Meeting)

The Historic Preservation Board 2/15/17 meeting will be rescheduled to 2/22/17 at 5:00 p.m. due to the weather.

Deering Oaks Historic Landscape District

To Residents and Property Owners:  The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a worksho...

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

2-1-17 HP Meeting

164 MIDDLE STREET

To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a public hearing to consider a plan by NDA Middle, LLC for a request to amend previously-approved plans at 164 MIDDLE ST.

Public comments will be taken at...

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Posted on: January 11, 2017

1-18-17 HP Meeting

164 MIDDLE STREET

To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a public hearing to consider a plan by NDA Middle, LLC. For a request to amend previously-approved plans at 164 MIDDLE ST.

Public comments will be taken a...

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Posted on: November 28, 2016

12-7-16 HP Meeting

5 INDIA STREET AND 20 THAMES STREET

To Residents and Property Owners:  The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a workshop to consider a plan by Portland Norwich Group LLC for Preliminary Review of Proposed New Construction within and Im...

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Posted on: November 8, 2016

11-16-16 HP Meeting

58 Fore Street

To Residents and Property Owners: The Historic Preservation Board will hold a workshop to consider a plan by CPB2 LLC. for Preliminary Review of Proposed Master Plan for Redevelopment of 58 Fore Street Property (within which the Portlan...Read on...

Posted on: October 26, 2016

11-2-16 HP Meeting

102-104 EXCHANGE STREET
To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a public hearing for a Certificate of Appropriateness for Sign Installation by Noah Talmadge, at 102-104 Exchange Street. Public comments will...Read on...

Posted on: October 11, 2016

10-19-16 HP Meeting

ONE COMMERCIAL STREET
To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a public hearing for Comprehensive Program of Exterior Alterations by Casco Portland Partners, LLC., at One Commercial Street. Public comments w...Read on...

Posted on: September 29, 2016

10-12-16 JOINT HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND PLANNING BOARD MEETING

58 FORE STREET
To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Planning Board AND Historic Preservation Board will hold a JOINT WORKSHOP on the proposed Master Development Plan for the redevelopment of the former Portland Company complex at 58 Fore Stree...Read on...

Posted on: September 27, 2016

10-5-16 HP Meeting

171 Vaughan Street
To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold an on-site workshop to consider a plan by Jeffrey Payson for preliminary review of proposed curb cut and driveway installation at 171 VAUGHAN ST.

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Posted on: August 1, 2016

8-3-16 HP Meeting

104 WEST STREET
To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a public hearing to consider a plan by Julie Forsyth for a Certificate of Appropriateness for Exterior Alterations at 104 WEST ST.

Public comments ...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: July 11, 2016

7-20-16 HP Meeting

380 DANFORTH STREET
To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a public hearing to consider a plan by William McFarlane and Constance Bloomfield for New Construction at 380 DANFORTH ST.

Public comments will...Read on...

Posted on: May 24, 2016

6-1-16 HP Meeting (The Site Walk and Workshop will both be held on-site at 58 Fore Street)

58 FORE STREET (SITE WALK AND PRELIMINARY WORKSHOP)
To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a Site Walk and Preliminary Workshop regarding potential scope of work within Historic District Boundaries. THE SIT...Read on...

Posted on: May 11, 2016

5-18-16 HP Meeting

749 CONGRESS STREET
To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a workshop to consider a plan by 747 Congress LLC. for exterior rehabilitation and new construction at 749 Congress Street.

The workshop is an op...Read on...

Posted on: April 26, 2016

5-4-16 HP Meeting

121 CENTER STREET
To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a public hearing to consider a plan by Valerie Levy for Proposed Comprehensive Exterior Renovation/Building Addition at 121 Center Street. Public com...Read on...

Posted on: April 13, 2016

4-20-16 HP Mtg.

62 INDIA STREET
To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a workshop to consider a plan by India/Newbury Residences, LLC., who are proposing New Construction at 62 India Street (corner of India and Newbury Stre...Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2015

7-15-15 HP Meeting

58 FORE STREET
On Wednesday, July 15, the Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a public hearing to review and approve the draft Portland Company Historic District Designation Report. Public comments will be taken at this meeting.

The Histo...Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2015

6-17-15 HP Meeting

INDIA STREET
To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold 2 (two) preliminary review workshops for the proposed Historic District Designation of the Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore Street. The district is nom...Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2015

6-3-15 Meeting HP

INDIA STREET - PROPOSED HISTORIC DESIGNATION

On Wednesday, June 3rd, the City of Portland’s Historic Preservation Board will hold a public hearing and begin final deliberations on a proposal to designate the historic core of the India Street neighborho...Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2015

5-13-15 HP Meeting

17 CARLETON STREET

To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a workshop to consider a plan by Avesta Housing for New Construction at 17 Carleton Street.

The workshop is an opportunity for the applicant to ...Read on...

Posted on: April 29, 2015

5-6-15 HP Meeting

FORT ALLEN PARK (ON-SITE WORKSHOP)

To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold an ON-SITE workshop to consider a plan by Friends of Eastern Promenade for review of proposed installation of Interpretive Panels a...Read on...

Posted on: April 7, 2015

4-15-15 HP Meeting

276 STATE STREET

To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a workshop to consider a proposal by Brad and Colleen Brazell for rooftop alterations at 276 State Street. Public comments will be taken at this mee...Read on...

Posted on: March 25, 2015

4-1-15 HP Meeting

58 Fore Street

To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a workshop for a presentation on the findings of a Building Condition Report on the former Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore Street. The report was ...Read on...

Posted on: February 25, 2015

3-4-15 HP Meeting

267 STATE STREET

To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a workshop to consider a proposal for roof alterations at 276 State Street, Brad and Colleen Brazell, Applicant.

The workshop is an opportunity fo...Read on...

Posted on: January 26, 2015

2-4-15 HP Meeting

HOUSE ISLAND

The Historic Preservation Board will be reviewing proposals for two projects at House Island; the expansion of the existing porch at the former doctor's residence and a new guest house/utility structure.

Public comments will be taken at...Read on...

Posted on: January 14, 2015

1-21-15 HP Meeting

DIAMOND COVE (WATER TOWER)
To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a Public Hearing to consider a plan by Diamond Cove Homeowners Association for Antennae Installation at the Fort McKinley Water Tower.

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Posted on: December 18, 2014

1-7-15 HP Meeting

11 ORCHARD STREET
To Residents and Property Owners: The Portland Historic Preservation Board will hold a public hearing to consider a plan by Elise Ansel for New Construction at 11 Orchard Street.

Public comments will be taken at this meeting.

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Posted on: February 24, 2017

City Urges Landlords to Apply for Lead Hazard Program Funds to Increase Child Safety in Apartments

The City of Portland is urging landlords to apply for lead hazard program funds to increase child safety in apartments. In June 2015, the Maine legislature lowered the state’s childhood lead poisoning standard down to 5 micrograms per deciliter and the St...

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Housing & Community Development
Posted on: January 11, 2017

Council’s Housing & Finance Committees Meet This Week

The City Council’s Housing and Finance Committees will hold their first meetings of the year this week. The Housing Committee meets January 11 at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers and the Finance Committee meets January 12 at 5:00 PM in Room 209. 

The Housi...

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Posted on: October 6, 2016

CDBG Funding Process for Portland Non-Profits Begins October 10

The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is designed to help non-profit organizations start or expand innovative and creative programs that serve the needs of low-income Portland residents.

“It is my hope that we will receive innov...Read on...

Posted on: July 21, 2016

Portland Receives Federal Funding for Healthy Homes

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $1,568,592 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program funding and $246,275 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding. The City will use the funding to help address lead hazards in 80 ...Read on...

Housing & Community Development
Posted on: September 18, 2014

Sagamore Village Playground Ribbon-Cutting

Sagamore Village Park

Mark Adelson from Portland Housing, Robert Clark from the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maine, Councilor Ed Suslovic and Housing and Community Development staff Mary Davis and Amy Grommes Pulaski were on hand to celebrate with the residents of Sagamore...Read on...


Posted on: February 21, 2017

185 Lancaster Street

Dear Neighbor:

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss our plans for the new location of Baxter Academy for Technology and Science which is proposed within the existing building located at 185 Lancaster Street, Portland, ME 04101.

Meeting Locat...

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

502 Stevens Avenue

Dear Neighbor,

We are local residents writing to inform you about our project at 502 Stevens Avenue (next to Roy's), and invite you to a public discussion/meeting to learn more.

Location:  Deering Center Community Church, 4 Brentwood Street, P...

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Posted on: January 13, 2017

1700 Westbrook Street

On behalf of Camelot Holdings, LLC. we are pleased to invite you to a neighborhood meeting to discuss our concept plans for the proposed Camelot site.  One goal of the proposed plan is to create a modern take on the traditional neighborhoods that...

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

221 Congress Street (Corner of Congress St. and Washington Ave.)

Dear Neighbor,

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss our plans for a 5-story, 17-unit condominium building with 1st floor retail/restaurant space to be located at the current vacant lot at the corner of Congress Street and Washington Avenue ...

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Posted on: January 4, 2017

22 Bramhall Street (Maine Medical Center)

Dear Neighbor,

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss our plans for a replacement and modernization project at Maine Medical Center's 22 Bramhall Street location.  City Planning staff will explain the planning process, MMC will provi...

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Posted on: December 28, 2016

218-220 Washington Avenue

Dear Neighbor,

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss our plans for residential condominiums to be located at 218-220 Washington Avenue.

Location:  Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq., Meeting Room #3Date:  January 4, 201...

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Posted on: December 7, 2016

76 Congress Street (MEETING DATE CHANGE)

Due to a schedule conflict, the Public Neighborhood Meeting for the St. Lawrence Arts Center has been changed to:

                    

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

St. Lawsrence Arts Center

76 Congress St...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

City Announces Bayside Adapts - Climate Resilience Planning for the Bayside Neighborhood

The City of Portland announces the beginning of Bayside Adapts, a planning and community engagement exercise to discuss ways to make Bayside a more resilient community in the face of climate change. A community forum on December 14 will be the launch of t...

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Posted on: November 30, 2016

76 Congress Street

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Posted on: November 30, 2016

161 York Street

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Posted on: October 20, 2016

Western Waterfront (Waterfront Zoning Text Change for Building Height)

For Neighbors of the Western Waterfront

WHAT: Neighborhood Meeting - Waterfront Zoning Text Change for Building Height
WHEN: Thursday, November 3, 2016, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.WHERE: Reiche School, 1st Floor, 166 Brackett Street, Portland, ME

The Cit...Read on...

Posted on: October 18, 2016

122 Anderson Street

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss our development plans for the proposed site development for a 22,400 sq. ft. industrial/commercial flex-multi-unit, one story building and parking improvements located at 122 Anderson Street.

Applica...Read on...

Posted on: October 6, 2016

CDBG Funding Process for Portland Non-Profits Begins October 10

The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is designed to help non-profit organizations start or expand innovative and creative programs that serve the needs of low-income Portland residents.

“It is my hope that we will receive innov...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2016

23 Orono Road (Hall School)

Dear Neighbor,

As you may be aware, we are working with the City of Portland on a design for a replacement Fred P. Hall Elementary School. We are anticipating that the construction will start in the Spring of 2017 and be completed prior to the start o...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2016

58 Fore Street

Dear Neighbor,

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss our Master Development Plan for 58 Fore Street located along Portland's eastern waterfront.

Meeting Location: 58 Fore Street, Portland, ME
(...Read on...

Posted on: September 2, 2016

415 Cumberland Avenue

Dear Neighbor,

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss our plans for the mixed commercial and residential redevelopment of the property at 415 Cumberland Avenue, Portland, ME 04101.

Location: Portland Public Library, Mtg. Room 3, 5 Mon...Read on...

Posted on: August 22, 2016

180 Washington Avenue

Dear Neighbor:

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss our plans for a development proposal to construct five new condominium units at the site of 180 Washington Avenue in Portland, ME.

Meeting Location: The Root Cellar, 94 Washington ...Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2016

75 Chestnut Street

Dear Neighbor:

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss our plans for a 54 residential unit, Westerlea View Lofts at 75 Chestnut Street. The site has an existing 3 story parking garage. This project will add an 11,600 sq. ft....Read on...

Posted on: July 22, 2016

70 Anderson Street

Dear Neighbor,

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss our plans for a new development at the corner of Anderson and East Lancaster Streets (70 Anderson aka 1 East Lancaster). The project consists of 10 townhouse apartments, all of which ...Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2016

636 Riverside Street

Dear Neighbor:

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss our plans for an office and propane distribution facility in the vicinity of 636 Riverside Street, Portland, ME.

Meeting location: Lucas Tree (Conference Room), 636 Riverside St., ...Read on...

Posted on: April 26, 2016

1945 Congress Street

Dear Neighbor,

The team at Northland Enterprises, LLC. is working with the Elks to create a new look and use of the site. The Elks building will be downsized and renovated to give it a fresh look and become more functional for their use.

The additi...Read on...

Posted on: March 21, 2016

749 Congress Street

Dear Neighbor,

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss our plans for the redevelopment of 749 Congress Street. The existing building will be repurposed into a Bed and Breakfast with 16 rooms. We will also be adding 7 residential townhous...Read on...

Posted on: March 7, 2016

605 Stevens Avenue

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss our plans for the Master Development Plan for 605 Stevens Avenue Project, located at 605 Stevens Avenue in Portland.

Meeting Location: Catherine McAuley High School, 631 Stevens Avenue
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Posted on: March 1, 2016

Forest Avenue Rezoning - UPDATE

Dear Neighbor,

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss the City of Portland’s proposal to rezone an area along Forest Avenue from Community Business B-2 and Residential R-5 to the Community Business B-2b zone. The proposed zone change is ...Read on...

Posted on: March 25, 2015

605-667 Congress Street

Dear Neighbor,

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss our plans for a new development at 655-667 Congress Street in Portland, the site of Joe's Super Variety. The project consists of ground floor commercial space, which will be the new h...Read on...

Posted on: February 10, 2015

89 Anderson Street

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss our plans for a new development at the corner of Fox and Anderson Streets (89 Anderson Street). The project consists of ground floor commercial space, including a restaurant and 53 residential rental a...Read on...

Posted on: January 28, 2015

1210 Brighton Avenue (New Hotel)

On behalf of Portland Hotels, Inc., you are invited to a neighborhood meeting to discuss their plans for the construction of a new hotel located at 1210 Brighton Avenue, Portland, ME 04102.

Meeting Location: Travel Lodge Main Office, 1210 Brighton Ave...Read on...

Posted on: January 16, 2015

Cancellation - Thompson's Point

The Neighborhood Meeting for the Subdivision Plan for the property located at Thompson's Point has been CANCELLED. When a new date has been determined, a notice will be resent.

If you have any questions, please contact Bo Kennedy, Senior Engineer, Fay...Read on...


Posted on: February 24, 2017

City Unveils Final Draft of Portland’s New Comprehensive Plan

The City’s Department of Planning and Urban Development is pleased to release a final draft of Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan. This final draft plan is based on work that began in 2015 and included an extensive public engagement process, including atte...

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Comp Plan Documents

Posted on: December 22, 2016

Portland Readies Ice Skating Ponds in Time for Winter School Break

The City of Portland’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department is pleased to announce the latest ice skating report for the ponds it maintains throughout the winter season. City staff hope citizens will get out and enjoy these offerings, especially ...

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Parks Department