Title

"City" piece on a new Bookland superstore planned for Portland. David Turitz, p

Authors

Connie Pacillo

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

11-19-1998

Pages

8, 9

Abstract

"City" piece on a new Bookland superstore planned for Portland. David Turitz, president of Bookland, said he will locate the store on Marginal Way in Portland if the city council will allow him $650,607 in tax breaks, which is the equivalent of 75 percent of estimated property taxes over the next 20 years. Turitz also said the new store would create 50 new jobs, though some question that figure and note that the average annual salary per employee will be just over $16,000. Portland City Councilor Cheryl Leeman and Economic Development Director Kathleen Brown both support the idea. Leeman said an anchor store like Bookland would be good for Bayside. Also with details about a Cumberland Country Registry of Deeds contract award worth $5 million that was initially extended, rather than being put out to bid. The award, to Business Records, the previous and current contractor, is being questioned by John Simpson whose attorney, Tony Perkins, said the issue is likely to end up in court.

Subjects

Bayside -- Portland, Bookland, Taxation -- Property tax

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