Lawsuit Over Plans on Great Diamond


The Friends of Great Diamond Island filed a lawsuit in Cumberland County Superior Court this week that seeks to block a 32-unit hotel and condominium project on the site of historic Fort McKinley.

“We think it really is inconsistent, incongruous with the nature of the island. The island is a quiet place,” said William Robitzek, head of the group.

The lawsuit asks a judge to overturn a vote by an island homeowners association in support of the project. The plaintiffs allege that the city of Portland illegitimately voted in the election, casting 23 ballots that tipped the decision in favor of the project and allowed the developer to clear a key hurdle in a quest to build the hotel condos.

City officials deny the allegation.

“We voted in an appropriate, legal way,” City Manager Joseph Gray Jr. said Thursday.

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