Storm delays hearing on planned Portland hotels

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PORTLAND — Hurricane Sandy forced postponement of a public hearing Monday night on two hotels proposed for the peninsula.

The Planning Board was scheduled to review site plan applications for a 110-room hotel proposed at 390 Congress St., the former Portland Press Herald building, and for a 123-room hotel at 433 Fore St.

The applications will be considered when the board meets Nov. 5.

Meanwhile, a 131-room Marriott hotel is being proposed for a vacant lot at 311 Commercial St., it was announced last week.

And at the corner of Congress and High streets, work continues on an extensive, $30 million renovation of the 85-year-old Eastland Hotel. The renovation, expected to be complete in early 2014, will add 58 rooms to the hotel.

As part of the renovation, construction crews recently moved scaffolding and equipment into Congress Square Plaza, the small public space adjoining the hotel.

Plans call for the hotel to acquire some of that space in order to build a 6,500-square-foot ballroom.

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As part of the renovation on the historic Eastland Park Hotel, construction crews recently moved equipment into Congress Square Plaza.