Public invited to Franklin Street redevelopment workshop

I’ll keep it short and to the point:

-There will be a public workshop on June 24th at Merrill Auditorium in regards to the redevelopment of one of Portland’s inane inner-city highways, Franklin Arterial.

-It will be interesting and informative.

-Everyone will have the chance to weigh in and comment on different ideas and aspects of the redevelopment.

-If it’s like the last meeting, held at the Portland Public Library this past winter, there will be LOTS of free pizza and cookies.

Here’s an announcement released by Carol Morris of the Franklin Street Study Public Outreach team:

Dear Friends of the Franklin Street Study:

Please note that we will be holding a very important public input session on the Franklin Street Feasibility Study on Tuesday, June 24, from 5 to 6:30 pm at the Merrill Auditorium Rehearsal Hall in Portland. (The entrance is on Myrtle St. down from Merrill Auditorium towards Cumberland St.) This is the second and final public workshop for this study. PLEASE mark your calendars and try to attend for the full meeting.

Please forward this email to any association or person who might be interested in attending.

The format will include a half-hour presentation from 5:00 to 5:30 pm, providing an overview of the potential final road design and the aspects of it where we particularly need additional comment. Between 5:30 and 6:30 pm, participants will be able to provide comments at individual stations, in a format similar to the first public workshop in January. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and make comments on the entire proposal during this second portion of the meeting.

Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions. We do intend to post pre-meeting information on the city’s study website prior to the meeting.

Thanks very much for your interest.

Carol Morris
Franklin Street Study Public Outreach
Morris Communications

For more on the project, and for an interesting history lesson on Franklin Street, check out offers a look back at what Franklin Street was like before it was destroyed during "urban renewal" decades ago. offers a look back at what Franklin Street was like before it was destroyed during “urban renewal” decades ago.

Note: This post has been updated from an earlier version which listed the meeting date as May 27.

Chris Shorr

About Chris Shorr

Chris is a sixth generation Portlander who loves all things Maine. He has worked with mentally ill and marginalized adults at a Portland non-profit, on a lobster boat in Casco Bay, at several high-end Portland restaurants, and at a local meat packing plant. He also ran for Portland City Council in 2013, wrote a weekly column in the now defunct Portland Daily Sun, and currently writes a weekly column in The Portland Phoenix.