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September 25, 2018

240-unit development proposed for Lewiston

A development of 240 apartment units has been proposed for the former Pineland Lumber Co. site in Lewiston.

The Sun Journal reported the proposal by Massachusetts-based Saxon Partners is in an early stage of discussion, and the developers would market the units to staff at Central Maine Medical Center.

According to a Sept. 24 memo from Doug Greene, the city's deputy of planning and code enforcement, to the Lewiston Planning Board, the departments of Planning and Code Enforcement and Economic Development have been in discussion with Saxon Partners, which is interested in developing a 6-acre property at 10 Avon St.

"The developer is proposing a contract rezoning and is seeking to develop 240 single-bedroom efficiency apartments that would be market rate," the memo says.

A neighborhood meeting has been scheduled at City Hall for Oct. 3 to get additional input.

According to a Saxon Partners memo included with the planning board's Sept. 24 packet, Saxon's "focus is on residential development opportunities in close proximity to significant medical employment areas. The ideal opportunity will also offer stable demographics and an unmet housing need within a growth-oriented region. We seek the opportunity to work with hospitals for which housing can make a difference in attracting and retaining quality employees."

Saxon Partners, formed in 1998, has done a range of real estate development projects.

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