Mercy Hospital's recent proposal to expand its facility in Portland's West End a
Mercy Hospital's recent proposal to expand its facility in Portland's West End and the neighborhood criticism it's received highlight a problem that has been plaguing Portland for years: when big institutions in the city need to expand, they encroach on their surrounding communities and tear down valuable residential housing in the process. This is done despite a city ordinance prohibiting institutional encroachment on residential neighborhoods, partly because of a process called "contract zoning," which allows exceptions to local zoning ordinances in some circumstances. Now City Councilor Karen Geraghty wants to use "contract zoning" to require Mercy to sell all of its property on Winter Street so it can be returned to its former state of residential housing.
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Wendell, Mary Lou, "Mercy Hospital's recent proposal to expand its facility in Portland's West End a" (1999). Maine News Index – Portland Phoenix. 54.