Concert venue

Popular Rock Row concert venue in Westbrook for the 2021 season, at least

There will be no more outdoor concerts at the Maine Savings Pavilion in Westbrook this year and possibly none in the future, the developers of the Rock Row project have said.

Waterstone Properties Group of Needham, Massachusetts, informed the city of Westbrook this week of its decision to cease performances at the 8,200-seat amphitheater in 2021 and beyond.

A copy of the sponsor’s letter has been posted on the Nason’s Corner Facebook page Wednesday. Nason’s Corner is located in Portland, near the Westbrook City Line and Rock Row. The letter was signed by Brian Kaplan, Project Manager at Waterstone Properties Group.

The venue began hosting concerts in the summer of 2019, but no concerts were held in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. The concerts in the inaugural 2019 season drew noise complaints from neighboring Portland and Westbrook residents, with some saying the music was so loud it made windows shake.

“As the owners of the 110-acre Rock Row development in Westbrook, we would like to officially notify the Town of Westbrook and the Maine Department of Transportation that no further concerts or activities will be held at the Maine Savings Pavilion in Rock Row for the 2021. performance season and beyond, ”says Waterstone Properties in its letter to city and state. “The decision to permanently suspend all performances at the Pavilion is based primarily on the planned permitting and construction activities that will take place throughout Rock Row over the next few months, particularly those related to the medical and research campus announced at Rock Row. and the proposed residential buildings. “

Greg John, spokesperson for Waterstone Properties, explained in more detail the reasons for the company’s decision to no longer use the site for outdoor shows.

“The upcoming major construction at Rock Row is preventing us from hosting any longer outdoor concerts,” John said in an email. “It was an expected event, as the pavilion is directly in the middle of a construction area. We are now turning our attention to hosting a closed four season meeting and convention venue that will be an iconic attraction at Rock Row. “

John said more details regarding the development will be shared with the public in the near future.

Waterstone Properties describes the Rock Row development on its website as a $ 600 million, 110-acre open-air streetscape of shops, restaurants, offices and residences designed around a 400-mile natural quarry. feet wide.

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