By Carol McCracken (Post # 1,660)
Three condominium projects on Munjoy Hill are to be considered tomorrow afternoon and early evening by the City of Portland’s Planning Board. It starts at 3:30 pm in city council chambers, on the second floor of city hall, 389 Congress Street.
The first proposed development is located at 118 Congress Street, is 118 Condominiums LLC. The proposal is to construct 12 residential condominium units above the two first floor commercial spaces along with ground level parking for 22 vehicles. Opponents of the project are opposed to the developers’ plan to increase the height of the building in order to improve the “distant” harbor view and blocking views of surrounding residences. This height increase would also permit retail space for the first floor with high ceilings. The public has yet to see any renderings of the proposed development.
The second application comes from Random Orbit, Inc.. It’s a proposal to demolish the single story church located at 33 Lafayette Street. The six condominiums are on three floors above the ground level parking for six vehicles.
The third proposed development will be located at 79 Walnut Street and is called Munjoy Heights. Redfern Munjoy is the applicant. There are 29 luxury townhouses planned. Parking is proposed in garages on site for 34 vehicles. The development is to be built on a western slope with views of Mt. Washington. That construction alone is considered to be a serious challenge for the builder who is I believe Wright-Ryan. Construction will destroy what is popularly known as the Jack Path, a move that many in the area are opposed to. The developer is in negotiations with Portland Trails, a non-profit, who oversees the Path. Redfern has committed itself to planting new plantings to replace Jack Path and that will help in preventing erosion at the site. For more information, please see munjoyheights.com
The public is welcome to attend.