Mayor, residents say Bayside proposals don’t do enough to provide affordable housing

Portland residents and at least one elected official say the proposed private development projects for a 4-acre parcel of city-owned land in Bayside fall short of the need for more affordable housing.

Roughly 50 people turned out for a two-hour public hearing Wednesday night and nearly everyone who spoke criticized the city staff for presenting projects to members of the City Council’s Economic Development Committee that could result in retail and office space, light industrial use, commercial buildings, some low income housing, and one-bedroom condominiums priced at $200,000 or less.

For 178 Kennebec St., one of the six parcels open to development, the city staff is recommending a proposal for housing above space for retail shops or artists.For 178 Kennebec St., one of the six parcels open to development, the city staff is recommending a proposal for housing above space for retail shops or artists.

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