Portland renovation links lawyers, fishermen

For nearly 60 years, the massive brick Cumberland Cold Storage building on Merrill’s Wharf sat boarded up on the waterfront. Later this month, after extensive renovations, the largest law firm in northern New England will begin moving in, launching what supporters of the reclamation project are calling an innovative new model for mixing uses on a working waterfront.

Thomas Valleau — a member of the board of directors for the nearby Portland Fish Exchange, a city-owned live seafood auction house — described the 100,000-square-foot, five-story structure’s resurrection as a paradigm buster.

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