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Activists start citizens' initiative to stop sale of Congress Square Park

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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Activists from Friends of Congress Square Park submitted paperwork at City Hall Friday to start a citizens' initiative to stop the sale of Congress Square Park. 

A private developer, RockBridge Capital, would by the land from the city for about $500 thousand and create an events center off of a hotel. 

Friends of Congress Square Park are trying to get a question on the ballot that would make the sale of public parks a question for city voters, not the city council.

According to Robert Levin, an attorney working with the activist group, the ordinance would be retroactive. 

If the city council decides to approve the sale, this citizens' initiative might be able to un-do that decision. 

There will be a public hearing about the park sale on Monday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. 

According to City Spokesperson Nicole Clegg, the city attorney has a seven day review period to look at the Friends of Congress Square Park initiative. 

The activist group would then need to collect 1,500 signatures to get the ordinance amendment on the ballot. 

 

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