Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Property Owners Attach Housing Development for Artists

"When you add people who can't do anything to the economic development of the community, you take up space," said Penelope Carson, who owns a nearby commercial building on Congress Street in a partnership with her brother, Harold Pachios.

"I don't want my property's value driven down, and I don't want the crime rate going up." - Susan Fitzpatrick, who bought a one-bedroom condo in Winslow Lofts for $260,000 in 2006, said she is worried that Avesta Housing's project would increase crime.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/affordable-housing-plan-hits-resistance_2010-02-24.html

A Call to Artists, Restaurant and Retail Workers, and anyone else that earns $20,000 to $30,000 per year!

It is time to deliver a strong message to some of the property owners in Portland's Arts District that artists and service workers are a vital part of the economy and deserve to have housing close to our workplace. It is clear from the quotes above that some property owners do not understand that affordable housing for people that earn $20,000 to $30,000 will support the same people that feed them. We make their food, we serve them drinks, we sell them cloths, we clean their offices, and we entertain them with art! We are the economic development of the community!

What? Neighborhood Meeting
Oak Street Housing Development - Ideal for Artists
You are invited to a neighborhood meeting to discuss our plans for the development of 37 efficiency apartments at 72 Oak Street.

When? Thursday, May 20, 6pm

Where? Maine College of Art (Osher Hall), 522 Congress Street

The City Code requires that property owners within 500 feet of the proposed development and residents on an "interested parties list", be invited to participate in a neighborhood meeting. A sign-in sheet will be circulated and minutes of the meeting will be taken. Both the sign-in sheet and minutes will be submitted to the Planning Board.
If you have questions, please call Greg Payne at 553-7780 x211.

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