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February 19, 2020

Portland preservation board mulls plan for 46-room hotel in city's West End

Courtesy / Archetype Architects Plans for The Longfellow Hotel, shown here in a rendering, could receive approval from the Portland Historic Preservation Board on Wednesday.

The Portland Historic Preservation Board on Wednesday may green-light a proposed four-story hotel in the city’s West End.

The board is scheduled to review plans by developer CenterWest LLC for the 46-room boutique property, at 754 Congress St., and may then vote to issue a certificate of appropriateness for the project. It received unanimous approval last month from the city’s planning board, but must get the preservation panel's OK in order to move forward.

Dubbed The Longfellow, the upscale hotel would replace a former gas station and convenience store that many neighbors have described as an eyesore. Sited on a quarter-acre parcel at Congress and Neal streets, the hotel would directly face another owned by CenterWest, The Francis, a 15-room inn at 747 Congress St.

The new hotel would feature a spa, a gym and a separate commercial space on the ground floor. In the rear of the development, there would be 17 parking spaces.

The preservation board first discussed the project at a workshop last October. In a second workshop held Dec. 4, board members responded “very favorably” to the proposal, according to a city staff memo, but requested some design modifications and additional detail in the developer’s final submission.

The board is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Portland City Hall, 389 Congress St.

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