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Developer talks about building skyscraper in Portland

Tim Soley says this is in the very early stages, and part of a much larger plan to urbanize downtown Portland. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) – Changes could be coming to Portland’s skyline.

A developer in the city is talking about building what would be the tallest building in Maine.

If approved, it could be the state’s first skyscraper.

Tim Soley says this is in the very early stages, and part of a much larger plan to urbanize downtown Portland.

It includes a residential skyscraper that would go near the Key Bank building, and could be much taller than the buildings around it.

Tim Soley says the key to a thriving city, is development, and a big component of his master plan is building up.

“People want to live here we want it to grow and doing that in the available space means making it more dense,” Soley said.

He's looking at a model of a 23-story residential building, but no design has been drawn up yet.

“The reason for looking at that size was to say ok if we want a building of a certain density how high can we go and not be antagonistic to the rest of the building fabric,” Soley said.

Right now the tallest inhabited building in Portland is the Franklin Towers, at 16 stories.

City officials say current zoning limits buildings in the area to 125 feet, which is about 10 stories, but officials say those restrictions, might change in the future.

Soley could also request a change, with the approval of the planning board and city council.

Soley says this project is in the early stages and would take years to complete.

There is no official proposal before the city right now.

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