Why did a Michelin-recognized Spanish restaurant choose to open in Portland?

Can Font, the Michelin-recognized restaurant 45 minutes outside of Barcelona, is a rustic destination with multiple indoor and outdoor gathering areas built for birthdays, weddings and major anniversaries.

And starting this month, it’s the latest — and perhaps most surprising — out-of-town restaurant to open a second location in Portland, joining outposts from famed hotspots in Seattle (Revelry) and San Francisco (Jackrabbit) with a 60-seat dining room at the base of a glass and concrete Pearl District condo.

The restaurant opens just in time to participate in a pair of major Spanish food festivals landing in Portland in the coming months, starting with a week of special events around World Tapas Day on June 15.

While Portland might seem like an odd choice for a legacy Catalonian restaurant, real-estate broker Vladimir Zaharchook, the restaurant’s managing partner, said chef-owner Josep Vidal fell in love with the city for the same reason many chefs do.

“Josep

... read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/dining/index.ssf/2017/06/why_michelin-recognized_can_fo.html

Portland to consider banning wild animal performances, like circus elephants

Another night, another newsletter. As always, if you want to get the headlines of the day in your inbox every night and don’t already, subscription options are at the bottom.

Tonight Mayhew is running; the city council looks at banning circus animals; and luxury condos get rejected, for a change.

What we’re talking about

Well, it’s official: Mary Mayhew’s running for governor — As the BDN’s Michael Shepard reports, the former Department of Health and Human Services commissioner is the face of current Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s aggressive welfare agenda. That should make her very popular among some voters, and very unpopular among others.

In kicking off her campaign, Mayhew posted some aspirational front pages for Maine. Here’s a roundup of some real Mayhew headlines.

Drunken wedding guests may ruin island golf carts for everyone else — Our friends over at WGME, CBS 13, are among the media outlets to report

... read more at: http://portland.bangordailynews.com/2017/06/06/news/portland-to-consider-banning-wild-animal-performances-like-circus-elephants/

Higgins Beach innkeepers resist condo offers, commit to community with rehab project

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — It could have been condos.

Amid the flurry of Portland’s hotel boom, a 1920s inn out on Higgins Beach has quietly undergone a pervasive rehab.

It wasn’t in total disrepair, but the colonial revival building dating back to 1897 was “suffering from deferred maintenance,” according to Phil Kronenthal, director of operations for the Migis Hotel Group, the Maine-based hospitality company that purchased the inn last year.

Now that the once sleepy Higgins Beach Inn joins a portfolio of upscale Migis properties, which includes the Inn at Ocean’s Edge in Lincolnville, 250 Main in Rockland and the Black Point Inn at Prouts Neck, this serene tip of Scarborough gains a new pulse.

“We love old buildings. They have great old bones,” Jesse Henry, director of brand and business development for the group, said. Beyond innkeeping, both men view their role as stewards of a classic property. They met years ago while working

... read more at: http://bangordailynews.com/2017/06/06/news/portland/higgins-beach-innkeepers-resist-condo-offers-commit-to-community-with-rehab-project/

Millennials and Baby Boomers drawn to Phoenix condo projects

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What factors determine the number that goes on with a “for sale” sign?

... read more at: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/06/06/millennials-and-baby-boomers-drawn-phoenix-condo-projects/364088001/

Brookland Capital Co-Founder Sells Shares, Leaves Company

Brookland Capital Co-Founder Sells Shares, Leaves Company

One of the largest multifamily developers in New York City is undergoing a major change at the top.

Brookland Capital co-founder Assaf Fitoussi is leaving the company, selling his shares to fellow co-founder Boaz Gilad, giving Gilad full ownership of the firm. Such ownership also gives Gilad 51% of subsidiary Brookland Upreal, The Real Deal reports.

Since its inception in 2012, Brookland Capital has completed or initiated over 50 multifamily projects in Brooklyn, making them the most active developer in the borough. That activity is funded in large part from their offerings in the Israeli bond market and brought in $66M in condo sales in 2016.

Gilad told TRD that the split was “in good friendship,” and that it will not affect the company’s direction.

... read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/new-york/news/multifamily/brookland-capital-co-founder-selling-shares-assaf-fitoussi-74148

Developer aims lower with revised Portland condo plan

A Saco-based developer has submitted plans for a four-story condominium complex on Sheridan Street in Portland, a revised version of the plan that prompted new protections for the view from a historic park on Munjoy Hill.

Bernie Saulnier of Saulnier Development is requesting approval for a 19-unit building at 155 Sheridan St. The design appears to comply with the recently approved height restrictions and includes a “green roof” with planters to improve the view of the building from above. The project would cost an estimated $5 million to build, according to the site plan application.

Last year, Saulnier floated plans to build a six-story complex in the same place. But Munjoy Hill residents worried the condos would obstruct the sweeping view from Fort Sumner Park. A popular spot to watch sunsets, the park overlooks the downtown, Bayside and Back Cove areas.

Saulnier met with neighborhood residents and reduced the

... read more at: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/05/developer-aims-lower-with-revised-condo-plan/

Five-story condo development planned at Congress and Washington in Portland

A five-story condominium complex has been proposed for an empty lot at Congress Street and Washington Avenue, next to The Snug pub.

Biddeford-based developer Caleb Johnson, who is doing business as Hayrunner LLC, did not want to comment on the project when reached by phone Friday. However, plans filed at City Hall indicate the $6 million building would have 17 units with two restaurant or retail spaces on the first floor and underground parking.

The development plan calls for a total of 27,600 square feet of floor space, consisting of 11 two-bedroom units, five one-bedroom units and a three-bedroom unit on the upper floors. The fifth-floor would have “a shared amenity space for all residences as well as several private terraces surrounded by a green roof,” according to planning documents.

The project is large enough to trigger the city’s inclusionary zoning ordinance, which requires 10 percent of the units for projects

... read more at: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/11/26/five-story-condo-development-planned-at-congress-and-washington-in-portland/

How Twin Cities growth lured in California’s Calvera Partners

Among apartment investors, it’s no secret that the Twin Cities is one of the healthiest markets in the nation. Rents are on the rise, vacancy rates are below average and the economy is humming. Those attractions lured Calvera Partners, a California-based private real estate investment firm, to launch its national expansion in the Twin Cities. Last week, it paid $11.4 million for Grant Street Commons, an 85-unit, eight-story apartment building at 515 E. Grant St. in the East Town neighborhood near Elliot Park and U.S. Bank Stadium. The company will also open a local office and keep shopping for other buildings. Brian Milovich, managing principal at Calvera Partners and a graduate of the Carlson School of Management, talked about the company’s move into the market:

Q: Did you launch your national expansion in Minneapolis because this building presented an opportunity, or were you specifically seeking opportunities in the Twin

... read more at: http://www.startribune.com/sunday-conversation-with-brian-milovich-of-calvera-partners/425780433/

Inside The Micro-Unit Transformation Of Dupont Circle’s Historic Patterson Mansion

Dupont Circle‘s historic Patterson Mansion was a hub of DC social life in the 1920s, with the millionaire media moguls who built it hosting extravagant parties to bring together Washington’s most powerful figures. Now, nearly a century later, Saul Urban aims to bring the building back to life as micro-unit apartments.

Ampeer Patterson Mansion Apartments SB Urban

The developer, in partnership with Rooney Properties, has renovated the mansion into 22 small apartment units, with another 70 in a newly built, connected glass building, and has turned the mansion’s common areas into amenity spaces. The renovation is nearing completion and the building will welcome its first residents in July. 

With micro-units ranging from roughly 370 SF to 575 SF, the developer does not expect the building, branded as Ampeer Dupont Circle, to be its tenants’ primary residence. It has flexible three- to-

... read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc/news/multifamily/sneak-peek-inside-dupont-circle-patterson-mansions-nearly-complete-renovation-into-92-unit-ampeer-apartments-73950

City looks to future of aging population | sentry.mainelymediallc.com …

SOUTH PORTLAND — The South Portland City Council has taken the first step in what is expected to be a years-long process aimed at assuring all elderly residents are able to age in place safely, with dignity and can live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

At its May 22 scheduling workshop, the council agreed to a future discussion on a proposal by Councilor Maxine Beecher to create an ad hoc senior citizens advisory committee.

Under a new process being used by the council, Beecher submitted a workshop proposal form to raise the issue. Because that form had a pair of names attached as cosponsors, it automatically had the second it needed for discussion, and the remainder of the council readily agreed it was a worthy topic for a future workshop. Mayor Patti Smith said it could make the schedule for a first hearing as soon as August

... read more at: http://sentry.mainelymediallc.com/news/2017-05-26/Front_Page/City_looks_to_future_of_aging_population.html