- Associated Press - Monday, January 23, 2017

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) - Several planned housing projects have been met with mixed responses in a Maine suburb.

The Press Herald (https://bit.ly/2kjcB3Q ) reports seven potential housing developments could add over 800 apartments to Scarborough. Three apartment projects have already been approved. The proposed plans include a senior housing complex, an affordable housing complex, and a complex split between market housing and affordable housing.

Scarborough officials say the town is ready for growth and the projects would benefit the area. Dan Bacon, Scarborough Town Planner, said the apartments could bring in over $700,000 in annual property taxes. Shawn Babine, council chairman, added that the expansion would also increase diversity.

Some Scarborough residents are concerned the new development could bring overcrowding and more traffic.

There is a Planning Board meeting scheduled for Jan. 30.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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