Portland, Maine, puts off talk about controversial waterfront redevelopment project



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PORTLAND, Maine — The City Council in Portland, Maine, is putting off a discussion of a controversial waterfront redevelopment project.

The council was set to take up the redevelopment of the Portland Company building. A developer wants a zone change for the former complex that would allow for taller buildings. City officials say they envision the site as a mixed-use zone. Tentative uses include a market similar to Boston's Faneuil Hall, restaurants and space for artists.

Some residents have said they fear the project would impede their views of Casco Bay.

Portland city officials say they are postponing the discussion because the city's comprehensive plan certification expired at the end of February. They are working to resolve the problem.

The council will instead take up the project at its June 1 meeting.

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