Portland: India Street neighborhood

The India Street Neighborhood is a historically rich area of the Portland peninsula that has a surprising amount of space for development or redevelopment considering its proximity to downtown.  We will be helping the City, the India Street Neighborhood organization and other interested parties develop a vision for the area that will embrace housing and job growth while respecting the area’s history, scale, and its current vibe. The results will be available to the City and Neighborhood as a foundation for a future Neighborhood plan.

Click here for a press release from the City of Portland announcing the start of this project.

An open house to gather input from the public took place March 16th at the Maine Jewish Museum on Congress St. Click here for media reports.  For the results of the visual preference survey conducted at the open house click here.  A summary of attendees favorite and least favorite things about the India St. Neighborhood can be found here.

We met with property owners, municipal staff and technical experts the week of April 29th to develop ideas for this site. A summary of the opening portion of this workshop including presentations and discussion can be found here.  The lessons learned from Portland are available here.

A public workshop was held the evening of June 13th in the State of Maine room in Portland City Hall.   At this meeting a series of posters were present outlining the findings of the open house and the technical workshop.  The posters are available here:

 

A follow up public meeting is being held September 17th from 6:30pm – 8pm at the Maine Jewish Museum. This meeting will present the above graphics again and solicit feedback from the public, please come and tell us what you think about the India St. neighborhood!  The Portland Planning Division will conclude the meeting with a discussion of next steps and integration of India Street Neighborhood Planning with related planning for Franklin Street.

Approximate Study Area Map:   Additional Materials