PORTLAND HARBOR, Maine (AP) – According to vendors, part of the island in Portland Harbor is no longer on the market after being bought last week for $ 5.3 million.
The new owners plan to use the 12-acre (5-hectare) area of House Island for weddings and other events. This was reported on Sunday by the Portland Press Herald. Casey Prentiss and Kevin Castello are managing partners of Portland Foreside, a development project along the city’s east waterfront. It is just minutes from House Island, which can be reached by boat or helicopter.
In the northern half of the island there are three renovated houses, a barn, a marina and five sandy beaches, according to a real estate company seller in a press release.
In 2015, Portland designated House Island a local historic district. Although this does not completely prohibit construction, the city’s Preservation Council would have to sign most of the plans.
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The recently acquired property was a federal immigration quarantine center from 1907 to 1937, and in the southern half of the island is Fort Scammel, built in 1808.
In the first months of the coronavirus pandemic the former property owner presented it as a shelter without COVID for a cool $ 250,000 a week, plus expenses. Portland businessman Noah Gordon originally planned to host upscale weddings in the area when he bought it for $ 4.5 million at the end of 2019.
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