Plan to replace fire-damaged housing back before Lewiston City Council; 15 April 2014 at 0700PM ; will
Damage the businesses of landlords that have worked years to build a retirement plan and have paid taxes. (There are a lot of two story dwelling Landlords throughout the city that will be affected by the construction of 29 more units in an already overly crowed part of the city. ( No dense pack housing; this is a thing of the past and people should not be housed under each others nose. This leads to neighborhood problems, adds to policing and one fire in the building could wipe out the entire 29 units.)
The possible loss of more taxpaying buildings of established landlords, competing for tenants; might and could lead to an increase in Lewiston Community Property Taxes and an increase in rent to tenants.
Then, there is the fact; that there are a number of vacant apartment in the city of Lewiston and major projects (renovations) underway; like the one on the corner of Bartlett St. and Birch St.( 8 units), Blake St. (3 units) that will be adding to the number of apartments now available in the City of Lewiston. ( It is my belief that these now being renovated properties, may be using Lewiston city low interest loans at a 0 to 3 percent interest on their aquired city loan. )
Remember; that people are living longer lives, that for at lot of older persons their tenements are used and were planned on for retirement incomes and as a hedge from future inflation.
I will challange the Project, by stating it must go through the Lewiston City (REGULAR) Planning Board again from start to finish and come before the Lewiston City Council again, in a non hastily way as not to appear as to be giving the residents of Lewiston the ‘BUM RUSH’ just to take in monies that have been on hold from sources of the State of Maine od federal government.
PRIOR TO THE LAST ELECTION THE Lewiston City Council “Bummed Rushed” APPROVED A DEVELOPMENT PLAN IN IT THE FOLLOWING;
ACCORDING TO THAT PROPOSAL, Volunteers of America Northern New England WOULD HAVE REPLACED BUILDINGS ON LOTS BURNED IN A DOWN-TOWN BLAZE MAY 3. THE City of Lewiston WOULD HAVE TAKEN OVER THE PROPERTIES AND GIVEN THEM TO Volunteers of America Northern New England AT NO COST, WOULD HAVE WAIVED FEES (Do not agree with this fee waivering) ON THE PROJECT AND CREATED A 15 YEAR TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICT (Do not agree with this at Taxpayer expense).
Now, comes a the new wave of Lewiston, Maine fires for this year at five new locations and no suspect.