Thursday, August 09, 2007

City Councilors Hold Pier Public Forum
By News 8 WMTW
POSTED: 4:06 am EDT August 9, 2007
UPDATED: 5:37 am EDT August 9, 2007

PORTLAND, Maine -- Two Portland city councilors said they want to hear from residents about plans to redevelop the Maine State Pier.Councilors Kevin Donoghue and David Marshall held a public forum Wednesday night at the Merrill Auditorium rehearsal hall.The debate did not focus on the two plans city leaders are considering. Instead, the discussion focused on whether the city should slow down and make sure there are no other ideas for the pier that have been overlooked.

Councilor David Marshall said, "A lot of our public debate has been pigeonholed to either/or, and we want to reconnect and get some more input from our constituents as far as where we are going with this. Are we on the right track? And what are your thoughts?"

The two proposals being considered by the city council were submitted by Ocean Properties and Olympia Cos. Each plan includes a hotel, retail space, restaurants and more.Wednesday night's meeting was separate from the workshops the city council has been holding.

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