The developers of a mixed use project on Congress Street in Portland Maine presented their plans to replace a run-down building with a 12-story luxury hotel. The proposal includes the site of the former Portland Press Herald printing plant to be called Herald Square which comprises three attached buildings, including a 156 guest room hotel, 297 condominiums, seven retail units totaling about 11,500 square feet, a 5,100-square-foot restaurant, recreation space and more than 330 parking spaces. Fathom Companies, is the hotel developer and is expected to present its initial site plan proposal to the planning board at a workshop on Oct. 25. Marieke Thormann is the vice president of development for Fathom. Daniel Riley, vice president of design & engineering company, Sebago Technics, is managing the hotel project through the city review process. The 135-foot tall hotel will provide 70 below-ground valet parking spaces for guests. A small public space will be created in front of the hotel’s entrance near Congress and Myrtle streets and the hotel could feature a coffee shop and restaurant. A landscaped amenity deck, including a public promenade and green space bisecting condo units and fitness and meeting areas, is part of the project. No hotel brand has been selected.
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