One of our projects was in the news recently after a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Hope House in Portland. We redesigned an apartment building on Sherman Street to house Asylum Seekers temporarily. When they first arrive in the United States the options are much more limited for Asylum Seekers than for other immigrants, and they are often left with no place to sleep except for couchsurfing or sleeping in shelters. The apartments at the Hope House are two- and three-bedroom apartments, already furnished and fit out with kitchen supplies, and are to be shared by people from diverse backgrounds.

Falmouth Forecaster:

‘Reverse of the brain drain': Portland area aids, benefits from refugees, asylum seekers

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

PORTLAND — From home to school to work, the lives of refugees and asylum seekers got closer looks from federal and city officials this week.

Read the complete article on the Falmouth Forecaster Online by clicking here. Photo below by David Harry for The Forecaster.

Falmouth Forecaster


March 4, 2014: Innovation can be the key to value

Smitty’s, Bayside Bowl and the new Easy Day are among businesses offering a successful blend of food and fun.

Maineland Consultants

“Here in southern Maine, Smitty’s Cinema (Sanford, Biddeford, Windham) offers a unique and innovative experience that combines a top-flight movie theater with table-food service. Smitty’s successful business model has also transformed former empty retail space back into a productive use that subsequently benefits the real estate.”

See the complete article that was published on March 4, 2014, in the Portland Press Herald, below:

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MRTC – In the News

December 6, 2013: Tony Donovan of the Maine Rail Transit Coalition recently attended a meeting in Montreal regarding the future of rail connections between Montreal, various cities and towns in Maine, and Boston. An article which details the discussion can be found at the Portland Press Herald’s website by clicking here!


Orange Leaf Yogurt – Opening Day Celebration on June 8th!

10 Gurnet Road
Brunswick, Maine



A new project of ours is up and running: Orange Leaf Yogurt will be opening on Saturday, June 1st! They have over 16 flavors of frozen yogurt and over 30 toppings… Stop by and check it out, or go to their grand opening celebration all day long on June 8th! They are located at at Cooks Corner, in Brunswick Maine.


Burgers, fries and yogurt to Cook’s Corner


BY JT LEONARD Times Record Staff

Two new eateries, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt and Five Guys Burgers & Fries, are preparing to move into empty storefronts at Cook’s Corner.

Principals from each franchise said Tuesday they expect to be open for summer.

The yogurt dispensary will occupy the former Cold Stone Creamery at 10 Gurnet Road, alongside Starbucks. Five Guys will occupy the Friendly’s on Bath Road that was shuttered in October 2011.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, headquartered in Oklahoma, is a national franchise with locations established or under construction in 40 states and Australia.

“We’ve got cardboard up on the windows and a second window already is installed to let more natural light inside,” Chad Blair, president of the group that owns the Brunswick location, said Tuesday. “We hope to have a building permit by the end of this week. If that happens, we’ll start renovation by this weekend.”

When it opens in early June, the Gurnet Road spot will be the group’s first in Maine. Blair said he’s also negotiating sites near Portland, Freeport and Augusta.

*complete article found here!