Lewiston reasonably priced housing undertaking loses key vote

A serious reasonably priced housing undertaking in Lewiston was dealt a major blow final week, after town’s Board of Appeals voted in opposition to permitting a key variance.

Lewiston Housing desires to spend greater than $7 million — together with a $3.7 million grant from MaineHousing — to show Lewiston’s Ramada Inn into 117 models of what it describes as “everlasting reasonably priced housing,” designed for individuals experiencing homelessness and people in danger.

To make the undertaking work, the company is looking for a variance that will permit a lot of these models to be smaller than town’s minimal dwelling unit measurement of 300 sq. toes.