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PORTLAND — Tweaks to planned condominiums on Hampshire Street require developer Chip Newell to return to the Planning Board.
Verdante at Lincoln Park, a six-story building, was approved by the board Sept. 11, 2018. The changes, detailed in a Dec. 13, 2018, letter to city Urban Designer Caitlin Cameron from Terradyn Consultants, include adding another unit to the third floor, but without any change to the building’s footprint.
Newell was scheduled to meet with the Planning Board on Tuesday, but the meeting was postponed in the morning because of an expected snowstorm.
The board also is expected to consider design changes and a request to shift where trees will be planted on Hampshire Street.
There will now be 31 condominiums, 11 one-bedroom, 11 three-bedroom and nine two-bedroom units. The project carries an estimated $13 million cost, according to the site plan application.
The 18,600-square-foot building will replace a one-story building most recently used by the Portland Food Co-op for storage. The co-op shifted operations to nearby 290 Congress St. in November 2014.
The development is also as a companion to Newell’s Luminato condominiums on Newbury Street, which also border Franklin Street. Luminato, with 26 units marketed to younger professionals, opened in 2017.
Verdante units will range from 700 square feet to 2,300 square feet. The first floor facing Hampshire Street will have two retail spaces of less than 1,000 square feet. There are 60 parking spaces planned, with 17 available for Luminato residents, according to the site plan application.
The city’s inclusionary zoning law requires Newell to provide or pay for three affordable housing units. Those would be marketed to people making 100 percent to 125 percent of the area median income.
A Feb. 8 report by Cameron said no affordable units will be built in the Verdante building. One offsite, three-bedroom unit will be provided at 42 Hampshire St., and Newell will then pay a $209,400 fee-in-lieu to the Housing Trust Fund for the two remaining units. The fee-in-lieu is now $104,700 per unit, and is adjusted annually for inflation.
Newell will not be required to pay the development impact fees approved Dec. 19, 2018, by city councilors because the site plan was approved three months before.
Cameron said one new tree required by the city will be planted away from the original spot planned on the street because of underground utilities.
Installing the utilities led to two trees getting cut down. Cameron said the plan is to now plant three trees across the street.
The Planning Board will also decide on allowing additional heating and ventilation systems to be installed on the roof beyond the original site plan, as well as changes to the building’s window designs.
Cameron said city staff does not support those changes and remain concerned design and materials changes will affect how the condominiums fit with the rest of the neighborhood.
The design for Verdante at Lincoln Park condominiums requires additional review by the Portland Planning Board. The project will fill in the area next to the Luminato condominiums, right.
A sketch from the city’s report on Verdante at Lincoln Park shows how the 31-unit condominium building would be placed next to the Luminato condominiums.