By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,310)
If the snowy predictions and resulting parking bans aren’t in the news, then there’s a chance that the shortage of affordable housing will be in the news somewhere, somehow in Portland. For that reason, a Forum on the problem has been set for Wednesday, February 25th, at city hall. The time is 5:30 pm and the Room is 24 in the basement.
The purpose is to discuss policies that promote residential development in general and specific ideas for addressing the workforce housing shortage in Portland (such as inclusionary zoning.) The forum is hosted by the city’s Housing & Community Development Committee. .
The Urban Development Office will present some proposals and open the discussion around workforce and affordable housing in Portland.
EDIOR’S NOTE: One significant reason for the on-going shortage of affordable rental units in Portland is the conversio of rental buildings into condominiums. 61 Monument Street, seen above left, formerly a rental building is in the process of being converted into condominiums. By the way city, the building owner has not shoveled his sidewalks during any of the snow storms we’ve had to date There’s a penalty for that – right?JWAY LLC owns the building. Don’t know who owns the building at 52 Monument Street, above right.