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South Portland mulls performing arts center

October 19, 2013

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — South Portland is considering building a waterfront outdoor performing arts center, a city official says.

The summer venue would be next to Bug Light Park and could seat up to 10,000 people.

It would host theater, concerts and commencement ceremonies though the plans are still in their early stages, Assistant City Manager Jon Jennings told the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/16lgJyG ).

“It could have a measurable economic benefit, with people coming in from all over to see events and going to restaurants, staying in hotels and enjoying the entire area,” said Jennings, the former general manger of the Maine Red Claws basketball team, who was hired by the city to help bring businesses and jobs to South Portland.

The venue would be used in the summer and taken down in the off-season, he said.

South Portland officials received permission this spring from the owner of the land, Portland Pipe Line Corp., to look into a possible venue, Jennings said.

The costs of the proposed project are not yet available, he said. The city will next conduct a cost-feasibility study.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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