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Portland Press Herald: Opponents suggest they won’t back down if Portland City Council supports museum’s demolition plan

Portland Press Herald: Opponents suggest they won’t back down if Portland City Council supports museum’s demolition plan

Beth Boepple and Sean Turley have been representing Greater Portland Landmarks since the Planning Board proceedings regarding the historic designation of the former children’s museum building at 142 Free St. in Portland.

Sean Turley, of the law firm Murray Plumb & Murray, said the city’s historic preservation ordinance requires the council to weigh the recommendations of the Historic Preservation Board and planning board and decide the matter in a “quasi-judicial manner.”

“The ordinance expressly says what you can consider. You can’t consider the (city’s) comprehensive plan or any other policy,” Turley said. “Their only task really is to follow the ordinance. So if they deviate from that, that is obviously not following the law.”

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