Developer Scuttles Controversial Portland Waterfront Hotel Proposal

Jan 11, 2019

A local developer that has withdrawn a controversial proposal to build a hotel on the Portland waterfront.

In a letter to the city manager, Fisherman’s Wharf Portland principal David Bateman indicated that the company will no longer seek a zoning change that would allow the hotel to be built.

Fisherman’s Wharf Portland spokesman Mark Robinson says the company had wanted to present some ideas to fishermen who work on the Portland waterfront on how to make the hotel part of the working waterfront, such as seafood processing.

Fishermen who work on the Portland waterfront have become increasingly concerned that they’d be pushed out by waterfront development. Facing the threat of a citizen referendum, the city council has unanimously approved a 6-month moratorium on development in the zone.