East Bayside Brownfields Areawide Plan
For over a century, East Bayside functioned as an industrial district served first by ship, then railroad, and now truck. During the 1960’s, the construction of Franklin Arterial and other Urban Renewal projects displaced hundreds of housing units and isolated the neighborhood from the waterfront and the downtown. A decade ago, the Maine Turnpike opened Exit 47, luring businesses to a new location six miles off the peninsula. While this transition has opened up new opportunities, redevelopment is constrained by the presence of Brownfields sites, including vacant, dilapidated and blighted structures as well as soil contamination from the historic presence of industry and indiscriminate fill from the Great Fire of 1866.
In August of 2015, the US Environmental Protection Agency awarded $200,000 to the Greater Portland Council of Governments to work in partnership with the City of Portland to develop a Brownfields Area-Wide Plan for the East Bayside neighborhood. The planning process will span 24 months.
What are Brownfields? The EPA defines brownfields as real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Activities
- Project Advisory Team appointed by the Mayor
- Existing conditions research, including zoning, environmental and engineering constraints to redevelopment
- One-on-one meetings with property owners, businesses, residents, and other stakeholders
- Open House, Charrettes, and Public Forums to engage the public with architects, developers and engineers to reimagine the neighborhood, including reuses, streetscapes, and improvements.
- Social media to keep stakeholders informed
- Action teams to flesh out areas of interest, such as housing and economic development
- Market Study to test ideas for food-related reuses, such as a food hub, commercial kitchen, or manufacturing incubator.
- Implementation Strategy outlining recommendations that support job creation, housing, and other community goals.
|East Bayside Brownfields Areawide Plan Advisory Committee|
|Kate Anker||Running with Scissors|
|Ellen Bailey||East Bayside Neighborhood Organization|
|Jason Briggs||VIP Charter Bus|
|Mike Cardente||Cardente Real Estate|
|Cynthia Cochran||East Bayside Neighborhood Organization|
|Jill Duson (Co-Chair)||At-Large Portland Councilor|
|Keith Fitzgerald||East Bayside Neighborhood Organization|
|Sara Graulty||Greater Portland Landmarks|
|Alex Lehnen||East Bayside Neighborhood Organization|
|Laura Mailander||Cultivating Community|
|Markos Miller||Ten Ten Pie|
|Zoe Miller||Opportunity Alliance|
|Sean Noe||The Root Cellar|
|Belinda Ray (Co-Chair)||Portland District 1 Councilor|
|Heather Sanborn||Rising Tide Brewing Company|
|Martie Voland||East Bayside Neighborhood Organization|
|Jay Waterman||Portland Housing Development Corporation|
|Kara Wooldrik||Portland Trails|
|Jeff Levine||City of Portland|
|Caroline Paras||Greater Portland Council of Governments|
Save the date for the next meeting of the East Bayside Brownfields Advisory Committee on Thursday, September 22 from 6-8PM at a location in East Bayside TBD. The primary focus of the meeting will be a discussion of potential community engagement strategies for the top Brownfields sites under consideration. Please find below materials and press coverage from the June 30th meeting.
- East Bayside Planning Process Overview
- East Bayside Sanborn Map
- Historic 1951 Map of East Bayside
- East Bayside Zoning Districts
- East Bayside Sea Level Rise Scenarios
- Bayside Transportation Master Plan
- East Bayside Demographics
- East Bayside Foodie Map
- Bayside Transportation Plan (2015):
- Franklin Street Phase 2 (2015):
- American Institute of Architect’s Sustainable Design Assessment Team report for East Bayside (2010)
- Muskie School’s East Bayside Neighborhood Study (2009)
Showcasing the new food economy of East Bayside – September 17, 2015