Portland council approves tax breaks for affordable housing

PORTLAND — It took two meetings in one night to clear out City Council business Monday.

Part of the result was more municipal support for affordable housing. Councilors also set dates for hearings and votes on two potential changes to the City Charter.

In holding both July meetings on one night, councilors met for about three hours, focusing largely on details about land sales in Bayside made last fall.

In the first meeting, councilors approved a change in the purchase and sales agreement with Ross Furman for land at 178 Kennebec St. he bought from the city last fall to allow planned housing to be marketed to tenants ages 55 and older.

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