Plans filed for new homes, West End conversion in Portland

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PORTLAND — Two plans filed with the city would create new housing on the West End and adjacent to the Redlon Park neighborhood.

One would add a seven-lot subdivision at 130-144 Bancroft St., replacing an existing home on the road that runs between Capisic Street and Brighton Avenue.

The other would convert office space at 765 Congress St. into four housing units, as proposed by developer Sam Reiche. Three of the units would have two-bedrooms, the fourth would have three bedrooms.

Developer Joshua Wagner’s subdivision plan on Bancroft Road would be built on 2.9 acres, according to an April 30 memo to city staff from Michael Skolnick of Northeast Civil Solutions.

Skolnick also noted developers would meet with neighbors to discuss plans filed at the end of May; the meeting time and place had not been noted on the city website as of Tuesday.

The memo describes the subdivision as extending into a wooded area via a new dead-end road.

“There is no intention at this time for any vehicular connection to Redlon Park Road,” Skolnick said.

A sketch plan shows the lots ranging from 8,800 square feet to 13,500 square feet, with five between 10,000 square feet and 11,700 square feet. Stormwater will be handled onsite with filtering units and a detention pond for runoff, the memo said.

Plans for the subdivison come after neighbors expressed concerns about a possible change of use that would allow the nearby Chabad of Maine home at 11 Pomeroy St. to be designated a religious place of assembly.

That designation is allowed in the R-3 zone, but requires Planning Board approval. In the winter, attorney Tom Federle said the application would be forthcoming, but the change of use would not mean Chabad would be expanding in the neighborhood.

The change of use request has not been filed with the city Planning Department.

At 765 Congress St., Reiche’s plans to create new housing would front the ongoing housing construction that is part of the redevelopment of the former Hay & Peabody Funeral Home at 749 Congress St.

The building is now a mix of housing and offices. A memo accompanying the plans notes the apartments will be spread through four floors, with the three-bedroom unit on the top floor and featuring a mezzanine area.

Parking for the building will be behind and on the side, which also requires an easement and a lease with the owners of the adjacent 757 Congress St. for access, according to the memo.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.