Test Run at Poco's New Deck & Construction in the City

It was a beautiful weekend in Portsmouth this weekend, and if you were traveling in/around downtown you know that there were enough people around to prove it.  Poco’s had a soft opening for a portion of its new 2-story outdoor deck, and when I walked by on Saturday it was completely mobbed and looked like it had a decent wait too.  The River House was jam packed with a wait line too – it was great to feel the return of more energy outside…all of the streets were full of people shopping, drinking coffee, chatting, and enjoying the day.

The Decks are officially slated to open for the season on Thursday, April 8th!  Keep your fingers crossed for good weather.

As promised – here’s a glimpse of where a few construction projects in the city stand today: 1) The former Portsmouth Herald Building is now available for lease, and from the looks of it already has a tenant (Prudential Verani Realty); 2) The Former Pier II Restaurant continues its transformation into residential condos that will feature a green rooftop garden (market sign went up this week); 3) The Martingale Wharf Building is gone, but in its place the developers have made progress on rebuilding the waterfront pier component, and I hear that a restaurant is planned to open on the site in the fall.

Construction Continues at Pier II

Construction continues at the site of the former Pier II restaurant at the end of State Street between the Memorial Bridge and Prescott Park.  It looks like the majority of the pilings are in place on the pier, with the foundation being laid for the building being constructed that will house some new residential condos.  The crane below sits quiet on a Friday afternoon before the rain arrived for the weekend.

Below are some older shots taken during the demolition of the original Pier II Restaurant.  CLICK HERE for a gallery of shots taken during the demo.

Construction in the City

The cold temperatures of winter haven’t slowed the progress of several prominent construction projects throughout the city. Above is the new Poco’s deck as it continues to take shape in the new location against the building (the City is putting in a park on the former Poco’s deck). Below is an evening scene at the Martingale Wharf project, which recently saw the demolition of the old historic brick component, which is now flanked by the steel beams of the new construction on either side.

Below is the site of the former Pier II restaurant, which used to be a staple on the banks of the Piscataqua River. As I wrote earlier in the week, it will soon be the home to new residential condos – with the structure to have a classical warehouse look and be completed by 2011. Check out the article in the Herald here.

Bow Street & Memorial Bridge | Portsmouth Under Construction

Out for a walk during lunch a couple weeks back, I happened to catch these fine gentlemen doing some welding repairs on the Memorial Bridge grate – so that it might actually reopen for auto traffic soon. Current target date for reopening is reported for November 25th.  Stay tuned on that front.

Also, unbelievably (and finally), the Martingale Wharf building is once again under construction.  It was time to restore the road back to its previous condition (without the road barriers) – or to get rolling, and judging from the ongoing work at the site, the owners opted for the latter.  With all of the construction going on in town, my car has taken a beating with all of the metal plates laid over the roadway.  Here’s to looking forward to next spring when we’ve got a new park on Ceres Street, more new sidewalks…and some new buildings (including a Pier II reconstruction that should be well underway).  More to follow on Pier II in the near future…

Bow Street & Memorial Bridge | Portsmouth Under Construction

Out for a walk during lunch a couple weeks back, I happened to catch these fine gentlemen doing some welding repairs on the Memorial Bridge grate – so that it might actually reopen for auto traffic soon. Current target date for reopening is reported for November 25th.  Stay tuned on that front.

Also, unbelievably (and finally), the Martingale Wharf building is once again under construction.  It was time to restore the road back to its previous condition (without the road barriers) – or to get rolling, and judging from the ongoing work at the site, the owners opted for the latter.  With all of the construction going on in town, my car has taken a beating with all of the metal plates laid over the roadway.  Here’s to looking forward to next spring when we’ve got a new park on Ceres Street, more new sidewalks…and some new buildings (including a Pier II reconstruction that should be well underway).  More to follow on Pier II in the near future…