UMaine, Ready Seafood team up to toughen up lobster shells

Scientists are trying to toughen up the shell of Maine’s soft summertime lobsters, hoping to help the industry fetch higher prices and ship to distant markets.

The University of Maine and Ready Seafood Co. of Portland are joining forces to examine what influences shell growth in Maine’s signature product to see if they can speed up the shell-hardening process in recently molted lobsters.


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In Maine, the summer catch is mostly soft-shell lobsters, or shedders, which sell for a lower price per pound than a hard-shell lobster. The majority of the summer lobster catch is sold to the domestic market because their fragile shells can’t withstand shipping long distances. Hardening the shell just a little could turn a shedder into a more valuable lobster, regardless of its final market, as well as one that can survive a plane

... read more at: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/11/26/toughening-up-lobsters/

As downtown Cleveland grows, condos are in short supply (photos, interactive graphics)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — When Jason Lucas moved to Cleveland from Portland, Oregon, four years ago, he rented an apartment within walking distance of his office on East Ninth Street.

But he quickly started searching for something to buy. And he was shocked by the lack of for-sale housing in the center city.

“I love condos. I want to live vertically,” said Lucas, a 39-year-old national sales director for AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., a New York insurer with a large office downtown. “I want to live as high up as I can. I want to be far away from yards and garages and window cleaning.”

Yet in August 2014, Lucas bought a three-bedroom Tudor in Cleveland Heights. With a yard. A garage. And plenty of windows to clean. He felt like he was throwing away his money on rent. He’d canvassed the condo market, he said, and came up empty-handed.

Urban condo living exists in

... read more at: http://realestate.cleveland.com/realestate-news/2017/11/as_downtown_cleveland_grows_co.html

On the market: Oregon homes with tranquil, Japanese-style pavilions, gardens (photos)

People find Japanese-style gardens peaceful. Imagine escaping right now to take in bronze maple trees, graceful stone paths, contouring ponds and tranquil Zen-style raked gravel?

In this week’s real estate gallery, we look at homes on the market or recently sold that have a Japanese-style garden and perhaps even a pavilion or soothing soaking tub.

Some of the homeowners hired landscape designers who specialize in Japanese-style design. One of the most well known is Hoichi Kurisu, the former landscape director for the Japanese Garden Society who, starting in 1963, supervised the construction of the Portland Japanese Garden based on designer Takuma Tono’s vision.

A few years after the garden opened in 1967, Kurisu started the landscape design/build firm Kurisu International in Portland. Clients range from discerning homeowners to demanding city officials. All want contemplative outdoor spaces with features used in Japanese landscaping along with restorative and healing gardens.

The

... read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2017/11/japanese_style_home_pdx_sale_p.html

Seattle marks a full year as America’s hottest housing market, with …

Seattle is now a full year into its reign as the hottest housing market in the country, an unusually long surge that doesn’t look likely to end anytime soon.

Single-family home prices across the metro area grew 13.2 percent in August compared to a year prior, easily the most in the nation and twice the U.S. average, according to the monthly Case-Shiller home-price index, released Tuesday.

Las Vegas replaced Portland as second behind Seattle after the two Pacific Northwest cities had been the top two markets since last year.

Fastest-rising home prices compared with a year ago

1. Seattle +13.2%

2. Las Vegas +8.6%

3. San Diego +7.8%

4. Detroit +7.2%

4. Denver +7.2%

4. Portland +7.2%

Source: Case-Shiller home-price index

Seattle has had the biggest annual home-price gains of any region in the country

... read more at: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-marks-a-full-year-as-americas-hottest-housing-market-with-no-end-in-sight/

NAI The Dunham Group completes sales and leases throughout Maine totaling 250143 s/f

199 Main Street – Saco, ME

Saco, ME NAI The Dunham Group has completed the following transactions totaling 250,143 s/f: 

• Deering Block Properties, LLC purchased a 6,552 s/f office building and 0.31-acre parking lot from 190 Main Street LLC at 190 Main St. Chris Craig from NAI The Dunham Group brokered the sale. 

• Agren Appliance leased 12,000 s/f of warehouse space from John Galt Holdings, LLC at 97 Shaker Rd., Unit 2 in Gray. Justin Lamontagne, CCIM from NAI The Dunham Group brokered the lease. 

• Guideline Financial Services leased 1,720 s/f of office space from 22 Monument Square LLC at 22 Monument Sq. in Portland. Sylas Hatch from NAI The Dunham Group and Nate Stevens from CBRE | The Boulos Company brokered the lease. 

• TF Real Estate Group, LLC purchased a 27,684 s/f industrial building on 5.1 acres from York County Biscuit Company, Inc. at 362 Hill St. in Biddeford. Greg

... read more at: https://nerej.com/nai-the-dunham-group-completes-sales-and-leases-throughout-maine-totaling-250-143-s-f

Is OMSI’s land the next big waterfront development?

For the museum, the project would fulfill a long-held goal to redevelop the under-used stretch along the Willamette River, one with the potential to create a vibrant new neighborhood. And because OMSI plans to lease the land instead of selling it, it could provide the museum with a needed revenue stream.

The effort comes as the Central Eastside is transforming around it. What was once a strictly industrial landscape has undergone rapid change in recent years as apartments and office buildings pop up. The opening of Tilikum Crossing and the launch of a new light-rail line in 2015 also increased access to the district.

Though early in the process, there already are competing visions for the museum blocks.

City leaders envision an “Innovation Quadrant,” in which OMSI, along with Oregon Health Science University, Portland State University and Portland Community College, would attract high-paying tech and research jobs.

The director of the James Beard

... read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2017/11/omsi_redevelopment.html

Recent home sales in Boston and Cambridge (Oct. 12) – Buying …

ALLSTON

33 Pratt St. Two-family Conventional, built in 1920, 2,63, 14 rooms, 7 bedrooms, 3 baths, on 4,500-square-foot lot. $1,100,000

39-41 Eatonia St. Two-family Two Family, built in 1920, 1,896 square feet, 9 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, on 3,598-square-foot lot. $688,000

147 Kelton St. #601 Condominium Mid-Rise, built in 1988, 1,227 square feet, 4 rooms, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, on 1,227-square-foot lot. $450,000

BACK BAY

317 Marlborough St. One-family Row-Middle, built in 1875, 5,294 square feet, 14 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, on 2,464-square-foot lot. $5,150,000

31-33 Commonwealth Ave. #2 Condominium Row-Middle, built in 1910, 1,89, 6 rooms, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, on 1,890-square-foot lot. $3,300,000

287 Marlborough St. #A Condominium Row-Middle, built in 1890, 1,685 square feet, 5 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, on 1,685-square-foot lot. $1,800,000

362 Commonwealth Ave. #1E Condominium Mid-Rise, built in 1889, 1,049 square feet, 4 rooms, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, on 1,169-square-foot lot. $902,000

228 Beacon St. #1 Condominium Row-Middle, built in

... read more at: http://realestate.boston.com/buying/2017/10/11/recent-home-sales-boston-cambridge-oct-12/

Saturday event ‘not just a garage sale, it’s hundreds of garage sales …

If You Go

What: NW’s Largest Garage Sale Vintage Sale.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4. Early birds can start at 7 a.m.

Where: Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.

Cost: General admission $5; children 12 and under free; early bird admission $20; military with ID: $3 for general admission hours; parking: $6.

Skipping out on garage sailing was not an option for the very young Kim Buffum.

“Mom dragged me to garage sales all the time, starting when I was only 3,” Buffum said. “I was such a brat about it. I told her, ‘I’m never making my kids go to garage sales.’ ”

That couldn’t seem more ironic now. Buffum and her husband, David, residents of east Vancouver, have become

... read more at: https://www.columbian.com/news/2017/nov/03/saturday-event-not-just-a-garage-sale-its-hundreds-of-garage-sales/

Saturday event ‘not just a garage sale, it’s hundreds of garage sales’

If You Go

What: NW’s Largest Garage Sale Vintage Sale.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4. Early birds can start at 7 a.m.

Where: Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.

Cost: General admission $5; children 12 and under free; early bird admission $20; military with ID: $3 for general admission hours; parking: $6.

Skipping out on garage sailing was not an option for the very young Kim Buffum.

“Mom dragged me to garage sales all the time, starting when I was only 3,” Buffum said. “I was such a brat about it. I told her, ‘I’m never making my kids go to garage sales.’ ”

That couldn’t seem more ironic now. Buffum and her husband, David, residents of east Vancouver, have become

... read more at: https://www.columbian.com/news/2017/nov/03/saturday-event-not-just-a-garage-sale-its-hundreds-of-garage-sales/

RioCan and Allied Announce Results of Condo Marketing Program …

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Oct. 17, 2017) – RioCan REIT (TSX:REI.UN) and Allied Properties REIT (TSX:AP.UN) today announced that the residential condominium units at King Portland Centre are substantially sold out, subject to customary closing conditions and rights of rescission. RioCan and Allied expect the profitability of these units to exceed initial expectations.

King Portland Centre is located at the northwest corner of King Street West and Portland Avenue in the heart of Toronto’s King West neighbourhood. In addition to the strength of its location, the development is unique, in that it will incorporate a restored heritage structure, 602-604 King West, with a substantial new mixed-use structure. The combined structures (at 100%) will be comprised of the following:

  1. approximately 59,000 square feet of office and retail GLA in the heritage structure, which is fully occupied;
  1. approximately 256,000 square feet of additional office GLA in the new structure, which is 93% pre-leased

    ... read more at: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3525795