Live chat: Should Lewiston allow the St. Laurent housing development?

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Live Blog Election 2014, Lewiston Question 1: Downtown Housing Project
 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our live forum with supporters and opponents of the St. Laurent housing development will start at noon.

Lewiston voters will go to the polls Nov. 4 to decide the fate of a housing project to replace those that burned at 149 Bartlett St. and 110 and 114 Pierce St. in May 2013. A yes vote on Lewiston Question 1 is to overturn the City Council’s approval of the project.

A no vote is to allow it to proceed, with plans to begin construction next summer and move in tenants in 2016.

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The St. Laurent project calls for 29 units in three buildings on eight lots. Her apartments would replace buildings she owned at 149 Bartlett St., and 110 and 114 Pierce St. that were destroyed in a rash of downtown fires in May 2013. The project also includes five empty lots owned by the city that had been tax-acquired.

The project would have 77 bedrooms spread over three buildings, 32 off-street parking spaces and a large green space among the buildings. Apartments would be a mix of single-bedroom units, two-bedroom units and larger apartments.

It would be a $5 million project with subsidized rents and federal Section 8 housing vouchers tied to the development.

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