Fort Sumner Park

Unearthing Fort Sumner

Unearthing Fort Sumner

Following the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization's published position on the preservation of the treasured vista from Fort Sumner Park, the Observer continues its coverage of the site. 

In August we republished Ken Thompson's February, 1983 treatise on the Revolutionary War era fort. Since then, there has been little movement in the development of the downhill site at 155 Sheridan which threatens to compromise the historic panorama with the exception of a reworked, yet still obtrusive, design submitted to the City. No level-III site plan has yet been submitted by developer Bernard Saulnier.

In this installment of historical coverage of Fort Sumner, an 1886 volume brings into relief several aspects of the site not commonly understood. Notably, the nature of the covered way (more of a trench) connecting the hilltop citadel to the Monument St. battery, which was never completed due the high cost of remediating the loose earth in that area.

Fresh Signs of Compromise in Developer’s Plan for 155 Sheridan Street

Fresh Signs of Compromise in Developer’s Plan for 155 Sheridan Street

In a phone meeting between Saco-based developer Bernie Saulnier and Jay Norris, president of the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization on Tuesday, Saulnier stated that his proposed development for 155 Sheridan St. would be reworked to assuage concerns over the loss of the view from Portland’s historic Fort Sumner Park. That according to Norris who spoke with The Observer this morning.