Board to discuss Portland housing, climate plans

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The Portland Planning Board will hold several workshops on Feb. 8, including two on proposed residential developments.

It will also conduct a workshop on the city’s One Climate Future plan, which includes planning and zoning proposals to promote more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly areas and higher-density neighborhoods.

One Climate Future, a plan endorsed by Portland and South Portland, is designed to curtail the cities’ carbon footprints. Adopted in 2020, its goals are to transition to renewable municipal energy by 2040 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

392 St. John St., Portland
An architect’s rendering of the 10-unit building proposed for 392 St. John St. in Portland. (Courtesy city of Portland)

The board will also discuss a major site plan and conditional use application for 392 St. John St., where a 10-unit multifamily building is proposed. The 11,000-square-foot project would be a three-story building with 10 two-bedroom units, covered parking spaces, and indoor bicycle parking. It would share a driveway with an existing apartment building and include streetscape improvements.

The board will also hold a workshop on a housing proposal for 102 State St., near the former Mercy Hospital campus housing development planned by NewHeight Redfern LLC. The major site plan is for nine townhouse condominium units with 27,500 square feet of floor area along the Winter Street side of the project. The condos will each have parking for two vehicles – one in a garage and one in a driveway.

The project will require the property to be subdivided into two lots, with the north side along State Street at just over half an acre, and the south side on Winter Street at just under half an acre.

Because these are workshop discussions, the Planning Board will not take any action.