Protests continue in the midst of DHHS construction

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Since December, protests have been held at Portland’s Department of Health and Human Services over a decision to move the offices to South Portland.

Construction is already well underway, with a goal of opening the new location by the start of next year.

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan says the LePage administration hasn’t worked with the city on finding an easier alternative for those without transportation to get to.

He says while there are talks on a shuttle from the Preble Street area to the new location at the Jetport, a bus schedule is an inconvenience for those who currently walk to the downtown location.

DHHS commissioner Mary Mayhew and acting commissioner for the Department of Administrative and Financial Services say they’ve had numerous meetings with the city of Portland to find a solution; the new location made the most sense and saves taxpayers $23-million over the 30 year lease.