Plan for construction of up to 14 condos makes waves on Peaks Island

A developer has requested a zoning change for Peaks Island that would make way for 12 to 14 condominiums, a sign that Portland’s housing crunch may spread to the offshore community of mostly single-family homes.

The proposal for the property at 2 Island Ave. comes from Kevin Carter, who lives in North Carolina but has family ties to Peaks Island. Although the project details are in flux, the zoning change Carter is seeking could result in one of the tallest, densest developments on the island.


Carter has filed his request with the city at the confluence of two trends in Greater Portland – a squeeze on rental units and a surge in new housing construction.

“It creates an opportunity to create some affordable housing in and around the Portland area with an easy commute, albeit a boat ride rather than a car

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