The Former Portland Company: Smart Growth in the Making – A GrowSmart Maine Breakfast Forum

The Portland Company ComplexOur first forum of the year featured a panel of experts discussing the proposed project at the former Portland Company Complex

Our second season of conversational forums about topics relevant to sustainable growth in Maine begins in Portland! This first forum will focus on the vision and concept plans for the property formerly known as the Portland Company by getting involved at the early stages of this exciting project. Hear from the developer and project partners about the history of this project, plans for development, community collaboration and the economic benefits of smart growth projects.

Our panelists will share their perspectives on this project through the lens of smart growth principles, and discuss the development, community, economic, and historic components to this very exciting project.

Panel:

TBD, The Portland Company
Matthew Kennedy, Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization
Steve Hewins, Portland’s Downtown District
Hilary Basset, Greater Portland Landmarks
John Spritz, Growing Portland – Moderator

Program:

8:00am – Breakfast by Aurora Provisions and Networking
8:30am – Program
10:00am – Wrap up and Networking

Panelist Bios:

Jim Brady, CPB2 LLC – Jim’s work is “vision driven” and employs innovative strategies and problem solving tactics that combine to successfully complete the project at hand.  Whether as the Navigator for Stars and Stripes or Owner/Developer of historic redevelopments his ability to see the big picture and manage the details translates to award winning results.

Jim got his start in real estate when he partnered with 1992 Sailing Olympic teammate, Kevin Mahaney.  Together, they started Olympia Development, an award-winning real estate group based in Portland that focused on up-scale commercial and mixed-used development. Jim served as president of the company for 10 years, during which time Olympia Development completed over US$200 million in real estate projects, which included several hotels, the 280 and 300 Fore St office buildings, and the first LEED certified private office building in Maine.

Jim serves on the boards of Portland Chamber of Commerce and SailMaine and is past president of the Children’s Museum of Maine.  He was a 1992 Olympic Silver medal winner and winner of the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year in 1990, awarded to the top sailor in the U.S.

In 2011, Jim acquired the former Portland Press Herald building. He recently celebrated the opening of Portland’s first boutique hotel, The Portland Press Hotel.

Steve Hewins, Portland Downtown District – Steve Hewins is a graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in History.  He started his travel agency, Hewins Travel, out of his apartment on Munjoy Hill in 1982.  Soon he opened his first office at 100 Commercial Street in Portland and over the next 24 years grew it to become Maine’s largest travel agency, with retail branches located across the state.  In 2007, he sold the business to AAA Northern New England.  All the employees were hired by AAA and Hewins became Vice President of Branch Operations supervising all 21 AAA offices in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  In 2013, Hewins left AAA and was hired as Executive Director of Portland’s Downtown District.  Hewins presently serves on the boards of Portland Community Chamber and the Greater Portland Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Matthew Kennedy, Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization – Matthew Kennedy has lived on Munjoy Hill since 2012; he is currently Treasurer of the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization, and also serves on the board of Friends of the Eastern Promenade. Matthew’s academic training was in architectural history and urbanism; his research focused on the intersection of public and private interests in the development of urban space, with particular focus on infrastructural development. His ongoing series of articles on the 58 Fore Street redevelopment appears in the Munjoy Hill Observer.

Hilary Basset, Greater Portland Landmarks – Hilary Bassett has served as Executive Director of Greater Portland Landmarks since September 2000.  Founded in 1964, Landmarks mission is to preserve and revitalize greater Portland’s remarkable legacy of historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes and parks.  Landmarks educates the public and advocates for preservation of the architectural heritage of greater Portland and operates the Portland Observatory (1807), the nation’s last remaining historic maritime signal tower, which attracts 10,000 visitors per year. Prior to Landmarks, Bassett worked in development at Bowdoin College and as a consultant, and in administrative roles in art museums in Michigan and Indiana. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, and Indiana University.

John Spritz, Growing Portland – JS manages the Growing Portland collaborative, an economic development program founded by the City of Portland and the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Growing Portland targets initiatives that grow our city and regional economy, focusing on health informatics, marine economy, and workforce development.

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