South Portland Association, Founded 29 Years Ago To Stymie Any Effort To Develop Waterfront Property, Would Like To Know Why This Waterfront Property Is Such A Dump

Aspasia marina in South Portland

Aspasia marina in South PortlandAspasia Marina, a longtime eyesore on the South Portland waterfront that has also been a sore sport for its Ferry Village neighbors, may finally get an overhaul this summer. “It looks like there’s a party that’s quite interested in taking on what is a rather distressed property,” said Mayor Jerry Jalbert. “We might have something pretty spectacular coming along fairly soon. Something could be inked as early as this summer.” That will come as welcome news to members of the Ferry Village Neighborhood Conservation Association. The association was founded in 1985 to beat back an 85-unit condominium project proposed for a new wharf jutting out into the Fore River next to the U.S. Coast Guard base. Thanks to the neighborhood association, the proposal was whittled down to 15 shoreside units. Although active for many years after that first big battle, the association grew dormant in the last few years, until reinvigorated by recent talk of a concert venue to be built on land owned by developer John Cacoulidis adjacent to Bug Light Park. Although Assistant City Manager Jon Jennings, who hatched the idea, has said Cacoulidis simply decided to pursue other long-term ideas for the site, Ferry Village residents at a March 13 meeting, the first held by the group in more than 18 months, credited themselves with killing the project, with vocal outcry online and in emails to the city.At that March 13 meeting, about 40 association members then turned their eyes to Aspasia, said to be the second-oldest shipyard in America, dating to its founding in as the Portland Ship Yard Co. “It’s a dump,” said Joseph Capelluti of High Street. “It has rats all around it. I’m sure if my house looked like that I’d have to do something. Why is the city doing nothing about that site that looks like it’s buildings are about to fall in?” (read more at South Portland Sentry)