Thompson’s Point: Smart Growth in the Making – A GrowSmart Maine Breakfast Forum

Thompson's Point: Smart Growth in the MakingYou’re invited to a GrowSmart Maine Breakfast Forum on Thompson’s Point!

Tuesday, August 19th, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
PDT Architects, 49 Dartmouth St, Portland, Maine

The development at Thompson’s Point has been in the planning stages since 2010.  Today a massive project involving many partners is taking shape, incorporating mixed uses, a transportation hub, historic preservation and revitalization of a traditional neighborhood. Hear from the developer and many of the project partners about the history of this project, how to keep momentum over a long timeframe, how to collaborate across diverse sectors and the economic benefits of smart growth projects.





When: Tuesday, August 19th, 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Cost: $25 for members, $50 for non-members. Not a member? Join today.

Location: PDT Architects, 49 Dartmouth St, Portland, Maine (note venue change)

Moderator: Hilary Bassett, Greater Portland Landmarks


Chris Thompson, Thompson’s Point Development Company

Bruce Van Note, MaineDOT Deputy Commissioner

Jeff Levine, Portland City Planner

Jake Ryan, Founder, Open Bench Project


Presenter Bios:

Chris Thompson has developed several hotel and mixed use projects in New England. Current projects include the Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine; NorthEnd Portsmouth, a mixed use project in Portsmouth, New Hampshire that includes a Whole Foods Market, 98 room boutique hotel, conference center, 14 residential units, and parking garage; and a 93 room Hampton Inn hotel in Lewiston, Maine. He is an Associate Professor at the Maine College of Art, and author of Felt: Fluxus, Joseph Beuys, and the Dalai Lama (University of Minnesota Press, winter 2011). He has a BA from New York University and a PhD from the University of London. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Breakwater School in Portland, Maine and the North Yarmouth Academy Advisory Council.

Jeff Levine, AICP, has been involved with land use planning on the local and regional level for 20 years. Before coming to Portland, he was the Director of Planning & Community Development for Brookline, MA, where he managed the completion of the town’s award-winning Comprehensive Plan and a public realm plan for the Route 9 corridor into Boston. Previously, he worked as the Director of Transportation & Long Range Planning for the City of Somerville, MA, and as a regional planner for the Cape Cod Commission. A New England native, he has been involved in a number of land use transformations, including the redevelopment of the Assembly Square district in Somerville; planning for the introduction of a new light rail transit line in Somerville; redevelopment of John Kennedy’s boyhood church into a mixed-income housing development in Brookline; and the redevelopment of the Bayside district in Portland. Jeff has also been involved in Metropolitan Planning Organizations in Boston, on Cape Cod, and in Portland. Jeff serves as an adjunct faculty member in the planning program at Tufts University, where he teaches a class in local public finance. He has a degree in urban planning from the University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.

Bruce Van Note, Deputy Commissioner, MaineDOT, has been with MaineDOT since 1994 and has been Deputy Commissioner since November 2002. Over the years, Bruce’s duties have
included managing operations and budget, increasing accountability, legislative and industry relations, and communication and policy matters. He also serves as the chair of the Maine Port Authority.
In these positions, he has had key leadership roles in numerous innovative and award-winning projects such as the $85 million Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory near Bucksport, the $10 million multi-use bridge and boardwalk project on Route 302 in Naples, and the current $18 million expansion of the International Marine Terminal in Portland.

Before MaineDOT, Bruce worked as a mediator, attorney and owner of a consulting firm specializing in land use, surveying and engineering services. He holds degrees with high honors in engineering and law, and is a licensed land surveyor and attorney. A lifelong Mainer, Bruce lives in Topsham with his wife Susan. They have four sons.

Jake Ryan is founder and director of the Open Bench Project. He is a maker and supporter of the community this project seeks to engage.  During his 20 years as a contractor and nearly a decade studying and practicing architecture, Jake responded to many challenges when working to make “ideas into items.”  He believes strongly in the values that this practice embodies. As a life-long learner who seeks new skills and competencies, he believes in experimentation and the value of growth through iterations.  His love of teaching runs through his life where he regularly encourages his friends, family and clients to try working on or getting more deeply involved with projects themselves.

Hilary Bassett has served as chief administrator and advocate for Greater Portland Landmarks since September 2000. Prior to joining GPL, she helped raise $1.3 million to restore the Portland Observatory, served on the development staff at Bowdoin College, and was as an art museum administrator in Michigan and Indiana. Her passion for architecture, now focused on Portland, began in her home town of Louisville, KY, which has wonderful 19th century buildings and Olmsted-designed parks. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University.


Master Development Plan Application – The Forefront at Thompson’s Point, Portland, Maine

Thompson’s Point Site Plan