2016-05-06 / Community

In the News

New businesses announced

At the May 2 South Portland City Council meeting, City Manger Jim Gailey read off a string of 10 business that either opened or expended operations during April. The list, based on recently issued occupancy permits, with the date signed, includes:

 Love Kupcakes, located at 219 Waterman

Drive, operating out of a vending cart near Bull Moose Music (April 1).

 Maine Behavioral Health, a medical office doubling its space in the Atlantic Place Office Park at 311 Darling Ave. to 15,000 square feet (April 13).

 Klixel8, a company that produces interactive web images, in an 8,000-square-foot office and light manufacturing plant, at 161 John Roberts Road (April 13).

 Maine Medical Partners, in a 15,000 square foot office location at 300 Southborough Drive (April 15).

 Hufford House Interior Designs, at 505 Ocean St., diagonally across form the city planning and development office (April 19).

 Community Home Health Care, at 184 Main St., serving as home base offices for visiting health care professionals (April 21).

 Studio 77, a six-chair beauty salon located in the former Domino’s Pizza building at 980 Broadway (April 27).

 Wex Inc., taking over a 58,900-square-foot space at 123 Darling Ave. (April 28).

 Scythian Kitchen, a commercial kitchen, available for lease round the clock at 575 Westbrook St. (April 28).

 Aquarius Property Management, with offices at 780 Broadway (April 29).

However, while it has gained those businesses, South Portland has lost a significant manufacturer. Allagash International Group, a maker of industrial valves as large as 6 feet across, primarily for oil and water pipelines around the globe, has decamped from its facility at 1 Madison St. near Bug Light Park, were it’s been since 2013, to 70 Ingersoll Drive in Portland. The 40,000-square-foot plant in South Portland is now up for lease by the Dunham Group.

Arts committee has new member

At its May 2 meeting the South Portland City Council voted unanimously to appoint Liz Salamone to the city’s Arts and Historic Preservation Committee. Salamone is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, having majored in communications, with a minor in studio art. She is a workplace consultant for Creative Office Pavilion. “I think having someone with her background will be fabulous for this newish committee in our city,” said Councilor Patti Smith, who made the nomination. According to the portion of her application released to the public, Salamone has lived in South Portland for less than three years. Address information is no longer provided and Smith did not say in which voting district Salamone resides.

Meanwhile councilors are currently seeking applicant for numerous vacancies, including three spots on the conservation commission, two on the library advisory board, two on the energy and recycling committee, one, each, on the planning board and the board of assessment review, and one additional seat on the arts and historic preservation committee.

Applications can be submitted on the city website, www.southportland.org.

– Compiled by Staff Writer Duke Harrington

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