THE MAKERS ARE BACK.
Welcome to 58 Fore, a place central to the Portland experience since the 1840s. Once home to the city’s largest factory complex where engineers, skilled tradesmen and laborers turned raw pig iron into steam locomotives and ship propulsion systems, today 58 Fore is being reimagined for the 21st Century, where creative Mainers turn the bounty of land and sea into the foods that make Portland an internationally known culinary destination.
58 Fore is the historic heart of Portland Foreside, the city’s newest waterfront neighborhood. The 10+ acre site abuts picturesque Casco Bay at the foot of Munjoy Hill, steps from the Old Port district and Portland Ocean Gateway international marine terminal. 58 Fore reinvigorates the 19th Century manufacturing buildings and workshops built by The Portland Company, Portland’s largest employer for over 100 years, and will compliment the popular Eastern Prom Trail and Narrow Gauge Railroad that run through the property.
PORTLAND’S ONLY TRUE
THE BEST LOCAL FOOD. THE BEST LOCAL VIEWS.
Inspired by the country’s most successful public market districts and food halls, 58 Fore reflects the people, products, and place that make Portland unique. Local entrepreneurs featuring local foods in landmark historic buildings. The definition of authentic.
Portland is undoubtably a culinary destination. 58 Fore adds a dynamic and accessible place where customers can find many of the passionate chefs and food producers who have put Maine on the national food map. The Market Hall creates a unique energy when these culinary innovators work side-by-side under one roof, with indoor and outdoor common spaces and seating.
58 Fore is being developed and operated by locals, for locals. The historic properties will be carefully curated and managed, with a range of marketing and operational services to drive success. We are firmly committed to the community and seek to make our home an even better place. Through partnerships with local nonprofits and community residents, 58 Fore will share the vibrant experience of living and working in this extraordinary place.
Portland Foreside includes:
Fore Points Marina, a 200 slip full-service marina capable of docking the world’s largest vessels
160,000 square feet of new Class A office
100,000 square feet of street level retail space
Diversity in rental and condominium residential offerings
Waterfront hotel and spa
1,200 space parking garage
The neighborhood around Portland Foreside is undergoing rapid change, with new residences, hotels, and offices, including the new headquarters for WEX and Covetrus. Thousands of daytime employees and new residents provide a built-in customer base for 58 Fore.
58 HISTORIC DISTRICT PROPERTIES INCLUDE:
Market Hall: a 13,000 square foot circa 1847 warehouse where 20 of Maine’s best chefs and food producers work side-by-side to create a synergistic multivendor shopping and dining experience
EVO: 1895 Pattern Storehouse, new home for Evo Restaurant
58 East: a 9,200 square foot brick and beam warehouse built in 1883 for the blacksmiths, which will house specialty food retailers and restaurants
The 58: a multi-venue event center on the upper levels of the Market Hall and 58 East, connected by skybridges to Fore Street. 58 Fore tenants will be well positioned to provide catering services for events.
ALLEY SHOPS: buildings that date from the 1850s and once held the Drafting Room, Boiler House and Brass Foundry – unique spaces built into the historic seawall under Fore Street
EVENTS & CULTURE
Trade area demographics
LOCATION. LOCATION. LOCATION.
Munjoy Hill & Old Port
Portland Foreside lies adjacent to Munjoy Hill, a growing neighborhood where most adults are highly educated (over 60% have bachelor or higher degrees) and there are many Millennials (a group that prioritizes food, cooking and experiential environments like markets)
The Old Port is Portland’s preferred dining destination for visitors and locals, and the locus of Bon Appetit magazine’s designation of Portland as 2018 Restaurant City of the Year
Commercial Street (which extends through Portland Foreside) has been designated one of the Great Streets in America by the American Planning Association
Maine continues to be a highly popular visitor destination, with 36.7 million tourists in 2017 (a 9 million jump in five years) spending $6 billion
Portland is the state’s fastest growing tourism area, with 6% annual expansion
100 cruise ships will bring 215,000 passengers to Portland in 2019, while the nearby Portland Jetport attracted 2.1 million passengers in 2018
Trade area of 609,000 permanent residents within a 50 minute drive, plus huge influx of seasonal residents and tourists
Median household income of $97,500, far exceeding the national median of $80,900
50% of Portland’s adult population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher, far surpassing the national average of 39%
Food purchases away from home are expected to grow 10% between 2019 and 2024, to nearly $1 billion
EVO KITCHEN & BAR
THE ALL-STAR CAST
Casey Prentice and Kevin Costello lead the development team, bringing their passion for vibrant urban neighborhoods and deep experience in the restaurant, hospitality and development fields to the project. A Portland area native, Casey owns Evo Restaurant and Chebeague Island Inn, bringing invaluable local food entrepreneurship chops to the market hall project.
Hugh Boyd, FAIA, is the country’s most experienced public market architect and a specialist in food retail design. Hugh is responsible for designing the market hall vendor experience and will work with each vendor to design their stalls to maximize efficiency and ensure the owner’s unique style shines through.
Ted Spitzer directs market hall planning and development. A resident of Portland since 1996, Ted has devoted his 30-year career to developing and improving public markets, farmers’ markets, and related local food facilities throughout the country. He is the principal author of Public Markets and Community Revitalization (Urban Land Institute, 1995) and led the planning efforts for highly successful new markets including the Milwaukee Public Market and Grand Rapids Downtown Market. He has also assisted many of the country’s historic markets, including Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, Lexington Market in Baltimore, and Eastern Market, Detroit. In addition to his expertise with markets, Ted and his wife Elena have owned and operated a Maine specialty food store since 1999.
Consigli Construction, one of the leading general contractors in the Northeast with an office in Portland, will build the market hall. Their size and experience will ensure that the market opens on schedule with the highest quality construction detail.
Henry Moss and Lawrence Cheng are principals of Bruner/Cott Architects, an award-winning historic preservation architectural firm based in Boston. Henry and Lawrence bring old buildings to life, creating great public spaces while respecting their unique historical attributes. They are responsible for ensuring that the site’s historic buildings function as a modern food hall and event center while maintaining the authentic characteristics that make them distinct local gems.
Henry attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design and spent 18 years practicing in England, where he specialized in historic preservation and public housing renovation. Among numerous awards, Henry received the 2015 Codman Award for Lifetime Achievement in Preservation from the Boston Preservation Alliance and is a recognized spokesman on historic preservation. For over 25 years, he has led technical workshops for architects and contractors on historic building topics for the Boston Society of Architects. He is a founding member of the New England chapter of DOCOMOMO, the international committee for the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the modern movement.