You’re probably not alone in assuming that the majority of housing stock on Portland’s peninsula is older, but you may be surprised to learn that there are several new developments reshaping the downtown streetscape. The majority of new development is taking place on the East End, but there are a handful of newer communities taking root elsewhere. Below is an overview of some of the larger scale projects:
Hay Runner Block– located at the corner of Washington and Congress and billing itself as an architecturally significant building, it sounds as though it’ll be a well-balanced juxtaposition of old and new in regards to its façade. With Caleb Johnson Architects + Builders at the helm, smart money is betting that it evolves into a landmark building.
Luminato– perched above the Franklin Street arterial, Luminato is certainly making a visual impact as it can be seen as you’re making your way downtown or headed towards the waterfront. An outdoor deck showcasing views of Casco Bay and amenities rarely found in our downtown buildings, it caters to those seeking an urban lifestyle that’s accentuated by high walkability and convenience.
Bramhall Row– bucking the trend by venturing beyond the East End is Bramhall Row. Only 7 townhomes and 2 carriage houses will comprise the community and it’ll be anchored by the soon-to-be rechristened Francis Hotel. Archetype Architects are responsible for the design of the community as they often are with new development within the city.
In addition to the above and by no means exhaustive, here are several more developments that are exciting to watch slowly take shape (or recently completed):
These are exciting times in Portland! I didn’t even mention 58 Fore St, which is a proposed development that will undoubtedly change a portion of Portland’s waterfront. Stay tuned!