KITTERY (AP) — Developers and economic experts still see a bright future for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Prison even after the Navy scuttled a second attempt at redeveloping it.

Paul Schumacher, executive director of the Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission, says many old mill buildings in York County and the Seacoast have been successfully rehabilitated into housing. But he tells Foster’s Daily Democrat that such a use might not be a good fit for the prison because people can only access it by driving through the shipyard.

The latest redevelopment effort was conducted by a Navy program aimed at leasing no-longer-needed facilities. It was formally canceled on July 24.

The 265,000 square-foot prison was built in 1908 and closed in 1974. It’s attracted several developers nationwide who specialize in rehabilitating military structures.


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