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Generations-Old Businesses Face Demolition in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine — Officials in Maine's largest city are considering whether a group of generations-old businesses should be designated historic and saved from demolition.

The buildings could be knocked down to make room for a pharmacy. The Portland Press Herald reports occupants include Palmer Spring Co., a business that has spent more than 150 years making mechanical springs for transportation. The business's tenure spans horse-drawn carriages, trolleys and automobiles and it has been at its current location for more than 80 years.

A couple of multi-generation businesses are located nearby. They include David Munster's TV Sales and Service and the Forest Gardens bar.

Portland's Historic Preservation Board will meet on Wednesday to conduct a preliminary review about whether the buildings should be protected.