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November 20, 2018

Residents voice opposition to two Westbrook housing developments

Two proposed Westbrook housing developments — one with 56 units and the other of 60 units — are facing opposition from local residents.

Keepmecurrent.com reported that residents are concerned about impacts the projects might have on the character of their neighborhoods. "Anything built on the property would change the feel of the neighborhood and the reason we all choose to live there," Ben Corriveau said at a planning board meeting about the 56-unit project next to 388 Austin St., owned by Tim Ly's Hill Street Apartments.

At 425 Cumberland St., Gravier Family Holdings proposes constructing five buildings and a 110-space parking lot. "I am not against development per se, but this seems to be putting a huge amount of pavement and people in a place that is not quite ready for it," said one neighbor, Andrew Warren.

Site walks are scheduled for the December and the projects are expected to be back before the planning board in January.

The proposed developments come at a time when Waterstone Properties Group is planning a 100-acre mixed use development, called Rock Row, at the site of the former Pike Industries quarry at Larrabee Road and Brighton Avenue. That includes a 25,000-square-foot, two-story food and beer hall, other restaurants, hotels, entertainment outlets, a retail "village," and office and residential space. Full build-out is slated for 2022.

It's projected that the Rock Row development will provide thousands of jobs, both in construction and in the businesses that will locate there and generate more than $1 million in taxes.

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