Controls sought on retail chains
By Kate Bucklin
PORTLAND "“ A community group working on ways to limit chain restaurants downtown would like to add limits on retail chains, too.
At a meeting Oct. 11, a group of residents and business owners presented their case to the Community Development Committee, a City Council subcommittee charged with reviewing the possible restrictions.
The group, which was not organized by the city, but has worked with City Councilor Karen Geraghty, suggested the city limit "formula businesses" in the Arts District and the Old Port to 10 retailers and 10 restaurants through a Formula Business Overlay Zone.