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.

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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
TBD Kennedy Park
TBD Kennedy Park
TBD Kennedy Park
Jeff Levine City of Portland
Caroline Paras Greater Portland Council of Governments








Agenda for March 30, 2017 Meeting

Agenda for January 26, 2017 Meeting

Agenda for January 14, 2016 meeting

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.


Background Materials

Related Studies


Phoenix Fare

Showcasing the new food economy of East Bayside – September 17, 2015