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Developer submits plan for former South Portland armory

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The developer that owns the former National Guard Armory in South Portland is planning to put $4.5 million into the building.

It sits at the foot of the Casco Bay Bridge and has been vacant for years.

Topsham developer Priority Real Estate Group is looking for permission from the city to build a convenience store and gas station on the property. Priority also wants to have a coffee shop or deli, office space, a conference room and a city information center at the site, all while maintaining the building's recognizable fa├žade at the city's request.

The city and Priority both said they are working well together.

"We've been in a lot of communities where it's not as easy to get a project done, where we think it's the city or the town that's the problem, and they sometimes think that it's us that's the problem," Priority Real Estate Group President and CEO Jim Howard said. "In this case, we're working toward the same goal, which is to save that building and turn it into something that fits for the community."

It could take several months for the city to approve rezoning and construction plans, but if it does Priority would like to get to work right away and have the project finished by the end of the year.

City officials said traffic in the area would not be a problem, as long as the timing of traffic lights is adjusted.


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