South Portland council considers zoning change for senior housing

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SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Wednesday heard a first reading of the proposed rezoning of two parcels in the Running Hill Road Executive Park for the purpose of constructing a congregant-care housing facility for senior citizens.

The rezoning of a four-acre parcel and a five-acre parcel at 10 and 20 Executive Drive is being proposed to shift from transitional, central and regional commercial (TCRC) to a suburban commercial zone.

The City Council held a workshop earlier this month to discuss the proposed rezoning. The Planning Board recommended rezoning to a suburban commercial zone, City Manager Jim Gailey said.

A third parcel, a 3,700-square-foot “sliver” of land owned by the city adjacent to the Running Hill Road right-of-way, is also proposed to be rezoned, Gailey said.

The sliver may be used for the project, but an easement would be created on it and the city would maintain control, Community Planner Stephen Puleo said. 

A second reading and vote on the rezoning will take place at the council’s Feb. 2 meeting.

Alex Acquisto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or aacquisto@theforecaster.net. Follow Alex on Twitter: @AcquistoA.

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South Portland and Scarborough reporter for The Forecaster. Graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Alex can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106.