The Planning & Urban Development Department is crafting amendments to the dimensional requirements of the R-6 zone, consistent with the City Council Common Goals and Objectives for 2014 which include amending this portion of the zoning ordinance to allow for greater housing opportunities. The goal of the changes is:
A secondary but important aspect of the amendment is increased clarity of the zoning ordinance through reformatting the dimensional standards into a table, and shortening and simplifying text where possible.
Alex Jaegerman and Christine Grimando, will be meeting with affected Neighborhood Associations throughout the summer to discuss the changes, answer questions, hear feedback. In the fall they hope to bring forward an amendment to the Housing and Community Development Committee for consideration. Please send comments or questions to them. Alex Jaegerman, Director Planning Division, Email: email@example.com, Phone: 207-874-8724. Christine Grimando, Senior Planner, Planning Division, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 207-874-8608.
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This months EBNO meeting is on TUESDAY, AUGUST 19th 7 - 9 p.m, at Mayo St Arts (10 Mayo St). Alex Jaegerman, City Planning Division Director, will be presenting the proposed changes to the R-6 zoning ordinance. Please attend and share your thoughts!
Parade starts at Mayo Street Arts at 6, party in the Peppermint Park from 6:15-8pm. Free!
There was a healthy turnout for last Wednesday’s meeting about the proposed Redfern Properties development at 3G’s property on Fox/Anderson St. Lots of great questions, comments, and thoughts. City Planner, Nell Donaldson was present and invited written comments/questions about this proposal. She will be the lead Planner for this application and her contact information is: email@example.com All e-mails will be forwarded to the Planning Board. There is a Planning Board workshop meeting about this proposal Tuesday July 22 at 4pm held at City Hall, Room 209. Public comment will be taken at this meeting so we encourage you to attend if you can!
Please come join in our monthly East Bayside neighborhood meeting Tuesday July 15th, 7pm at Mayo Street Arts (10 Mayo Street). Lots to talk about including crime watch report.
Some of you may be following the proposal by Redfern Properties to develop 3G’s Garage on the corner of Fox and Anderson Streets. Please come to the neighborhood meeting which will be held on Wednesday, July 16th at 6pm at Redfern’s office on 178 Washington Ave to hear their proposal, ask questions, and gain more information. When considering an application for a zoning change the City of Portland requires applicants to hold a neighborhood meeting to get feedback. Minutes will be taken and submitted to the Planning Board. Here is the invitation from Redfern Properties that went out to property owners in the area. Renters, however, do not get these notices so we want to ensure that all community members know about this!
Today, Friday JUNE 6th, at 2:30 the East Bayside Community Policing Center, 44 Mayo St. a few concerned East Bayside residents and property owners will be meeting with our community policing coordinator and senior lead officer to discuss problems with INTOXICATED MEN LOITERING, TRESPASSING, DRINKING IN PUBLIC, URINATING, and HARASSING RESIDENTS on Cumberland Ave. between Boyd St. and Smith St. (around the Bayside Variety store).
This has been happening on a daily basis and we are hoping to develop a specific plan to address these problems. EVERYONE is welcome to attend.
Come to tonights EBNO monthly meeting May 20th 7pm at Mayo Street Arts. Jonathan Cully of Redfern Properties LLC who is purchasing the 3Gs property (includes small red brick building) will be there. It’s an opportunity to listen and ask questions about what sort of development Redfern intends on building. View current projectshttp://www.redfernproperties.com/projects/
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East Bayside’s monthly neighborhood meeting will be tomorrow May 20, 7pm at Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo Street.
Presenting will be:
Jonathan Cully, of Redfern Properties LLC, who is purchasing the 3G’s property on the corner of Fox/ Anderson St. He would like to meet with the neighborhood of East Bayside. http://www.redfernproperties.com
Blainor McGough Director of Mayo Street Arts, to talk about National Night Out that will be happening in August.
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By Kevin Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
A Portland nonprofit is seeking approval to demolish a small house on the border of the city’s East End and Munjoy Hill neighborhoods to build a four-story apartment complex for low-income residents.
Pictured Friday, this house at 134 Washington Ave. at the base of Munjoy Hill in Portland is the site of a proposed housing development by Avesta Housing. “It is directly in front of a bus stop, and that is important for folks to get around,” said Greg Payne, development officer with Avesta. “And it has a lovely view of the cove.”
Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer
This is an artist’s rendering of the 18-unit complex that Avesta Housing is proposing to build at the site of 134 Washington Ave. in Portland.
Drawing courtesy of Avesta Housing
Avesta Housing’s 18-unit proposal is part of a growing number of housing projects in a city with a notoriously tight rental market, especially for people at the lower end of the income spectrum. Greg Payne, development officer with Avesta, said the property at 134 Washington Ave. was selected because it is a large lot located on the peninsula close to services and shopping.
“It is directly in front of a bus stop, and that is important for folks to get around,” Payne said. “And it has a lovely view of the cove.”
Located on the boundary line between the East Bayside and East End neighborhoods, Washington Avenue is a mixed neighborhood of single-family homes, houses divided into apartments and businesses ranging from auto shops to photography and pottery studios.
Avesta purchased the single-family home in May 2013 and recently received approval for low-income housing tax credits from MaineHousing.
Avesta’s application to the Portland Planning Division proposes a $1.7 million building featuring 18 efficiency apartments, each measuring approximately 340 square feet. Standing 44 feet tall, the four-story apartment building would be one of the tallest structures in the mixed-use neighborhood at the base of Munjoy Hill.
Payne said Avesta plans to work with partner organizations to market the apartments to veterans, a group with higher rates of homelessness or housing insecurity. That approach is modeled after Avesta’s Oak Street Lofts project, which opened in January 2012 and was marketed toward artists in a section of town bustling with art galleries and studios but limited options for low-income artists.
Eight of the 18 units would be reserved for households earning 50 percent or less of the average median income – or less than $27,300 for one person, according to federal data – while the remaining 10 would be for those earning 40 percent or less.
The company’s application states that the Oak Street Lofts project showed there was “immense demand for efficiency apartments in the $525-$675/month range, which is affordable for many low-income workers but in extremely short supply in the Portland area.”
“We want to make sure the housing we are building is the type of housing that people need and are looking for,” Payne added.
The average rent for a studio apartment (including heat) in Portland in 2012 was $695 a month while a one-bedroom apartment was $875 a month, according to annual surveys conducted by the Maine Real Estate Development Association. Those averages were 17.5 percent and 10 percent higher, respectively, than in 2010.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the “fair market” rent for an efficiency apartment in Portland this year is $688. The fair market rent for one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments is $819 and $1,012, respectively.
But price is not the only potential obstacle for those seeking rental housing. Availability has become a major concern in recent years.
A 7 percent vacancy rate is considered healthy for rental housing. Portland’s vacancy rate has been hovering around 2 percent.
“That really amounts to a housing crisis, and the people this really hurts are the low-income folks,” said Mark Adelson, executive director at the Portland Housing Authority, which administers Section 8 and other federal housing assistance programs in the city.
But Adelson noted that for the first time in 20 years developers have begun building new “market rate” apartment complexes – apartments where rents are not subsidized – precisely because the rising rental rates mean the owner can recoup building and financing costs. And that is important, Adelson said, because adding new rental units at all income levels helps to moderate the overall price.
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Hello Neighbors. There are many new development proposals happening in East Bayside. One such project is an 18 apartment Avesta Housing Project located at 134 Washington Avenue. Please attend the May 7th meeting at Shailer School 56 North Street in the Community Room, 5:30PM.