Item 105402 - Construction of Maine Medical Center parking garage, Portland, ca. 1971

Item 105402 - Construction of Maine Medical Center parking garage, Portland, ca. 1971
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Item 105402
Construction of Maine Medical Center parking garage, Portland, ca. 1971
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Excavators moved the dirt preparing the ground for the Maine Medical Center parking garage. Building crews spent a year creating the infrastructure to support the new construction, installing pipe and conduits, building roads – even changing the topography of the site. A portion of the Bramhall Hill was cut away in order to level a lot on which to erect the new parking garage.

Before 1960s, there were no parking garages and the plateau area behind the hospital buildings was used for parking. As the hospital expanded, parking in the neighborhood had become scarce, so the Bramhall Reservoir was leased and then purchased the property to alleviate parking issues.

For Maine Medical Center employees, there was a parking lot on St. John Street. This was in the area where the old Union Station was located prior to its demolition as part of the national Urban Renewal Project.

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