Bayside housing development one step closer to construction

This parking lot at the corner of Elm and Lancaster streets in Portland is where Port Properties is proposing to site a 201-unit affordable rate apartment building, part of a seven-building, 10-year development plan. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

A development that would add 804 apartments to Portland’s Bayside neighborhood – including 201 affordable units – received an initial endorsement from the city’s planning board on Tuesday, but the unanimous approval of the project’s master plan came with some concerns.

The proposal by developers Port Property calls for seven new buildings along Lancaster and Elm streets. In addition to the apartments, the development would include 29,000 square feet of commercial space and two open spaces: a pedestrian-friendly “living street,” or woonerf, and a 6,000-square-foot public green. 

Board Chair Brandon Mazer said that Tuesday’s vote OK’d the general concept of the project, but each phase also will require subsequent site…

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