Willard Square construction moratorium extended

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SOUTH PORTLAND — City councilors on Monday voted unanimously to extend a construction moratorium in the Willard Square neighborhood by 30 days, setting it to expire on Oct. 7.

The moratorium was enacted June 6 to give the city breathing room to address the residents’ concerns raised earlier this year when a plan to open a European-style eatery at 7 Pillsbury St. ignited the passions of residents worried about density, traffic, pedestrian safety and design standards. It was originally set to expire Sept. 9.

The city council decided it needed more time to iron out the details of Planning Director Tex Haeuser’s proposed zoning amendments.

“I’ve always thought there’s only one way to do something, and that’s the right way,” said Councilor Tom Blake. “Dozens, if not hundreds, of people have worked on this, and we’re this close. … Extending the 90 days to 120 days is totally appropriate.”