Concert venue

Rock Row concert hall in Westbrook closes, but not due to COVID

The show is over at the Maine Savings Pavilion, an 8,200-seat amphitheater located in the Rock Row development in Westbrook. But unlike other recent event venue closures, this one has nothing to do with COVID-19.

The construction of Rock Row, a 110-acre mixed-use complex expected to include more than 2 million square feet of office, retail, residential and medical space, simply crushes the lodge.

Rock Row owner and developer Waterstone Properties Group, based in Massachusetts, said in a letter to the city that future events are permanently on hold, “based primarily on the planned permitting and construction activities that will take place in Rock. Row over the next few months “.

It is not known how much performance, if any, could be affected. Waterfront Concerts, which manages events for the Westbrook site, does not currently promote it.

The outdoor stage began hosting concerts in 2019, during the early stages of development, and first drew criticism from neighbors and even Portland City Council over noise complaints.

The 108-foot-by-60-foot stage, with a load capacity of 175,000 pounds, is the largest performance venue in southern Maine. But it was never intended to be an integral part of Rock Row.

Waterstone spokesman Greg John told Mainebiz on Thursday: “It was only a matter of time before construction caught up with the outdoor site. It was always intended that this be temporary. The fact that it happened so quickly – ahead of schedule, in fact – is a testament to the popularity of Rock Row. “

Much of the construction is now focused on creating a medical and research campus. The six-acre resort within a complex is expected to be open by the end of 2023, offering 200,000 square feet of space. New England Cancer Specialists, a medical practice, will be the primary tenant and occupy 40,000 square feet.

The remaining phases of the $ 600 million development include 190 housing units and a 200,000 square foot commercial building. An 80,000 square foot Market Basket supermarket has already opened in Rock Row, and other tenants have signed up including REI, Firehouse Subs, Big Fin Poke, The Paper Store, Chase Bank, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks , US Cellular and a 122-room Element Hotel by Westin boutique.

In addition, there will be walkways, streetscape, 1,000 parking spaces and a 400-foot-wide natural quarry.

Rock Row will also include a closed four-season performance hall to replace the Maine Savings Pavilion; details will be announced “in the near future,” John said.

Concerns about the spread of the coronavirus and its delta variant had no impact on the decision to end the flag race, he added.

“It was an expected event, as the pavilion was placed directly in the middle of a planned construction area.”

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