South Portland’s west end may get affordable housing

SOUTH PORTLAND — More affordable housing is being planned in the city’s west end with the help of a city-backed loan.

A variety store owner is hoping to build a mixed-use building that would include some affordable housing on Westbrook Street, between the Redbank and Brickhill neighborhoods, by borrowing municipal funds.

The City Council on Monday unanimously authorized lending Quang Nguyen $86,000 from the city’s Revolving Loan Fund Program to purchase a vacant 0.25-acre lot at 600 Westbrook St.

Also Monday, councilors had the first reading of a housing ordinance that would require some developers to make allowances for affordable housing.

Melanie Sochan

The Forecaster