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The Portland Press Herald reported this week that Portland's Planning Board will be evaluating zoning changes that will be necessary if a proposed 93-room hotel, parking garage mixed-use complex on a 1.93 acre lot on Portland's Fisherman's Wharf is to advance through the city's approval process. Although the project is in the early stages of development, it was among several proposals on or near Portland's waterfront cited in a letter sent to city planners last summer by a group of 90 lobstermen, fishermen and waterfront who want the city to prohibit all offices, condos and hotels on the wharf side of Commercial Street. A separate group calling itself “The Merchants, Purveyors and Maritime Businesses of Portland, Maine,” came out in support of the Fisherman's Wharf proposal, according to the Press Herald, stating that the suggested development prohibitions on the wharves were “unreasonably inflexible.”
Should Portland hold the line on its working waterfront and prohibit new offices, condos and hotels on the wharf side of Commercial Street?
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