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Support for MD 365 Affordable Housing Development at Manchester and Neighborhood

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The undersigned would like to express our support for various efforts being taken to construct workforce housing in and around Northeast Harbor and specifically for the recently proposed development at the corner of Neighborhood and Manchester roads.

MD 365’s proposal for six affordable units is seeking approval in front of the town Planning Board in January. Upon completion, the .79-acre lot will have two duplexes and two standalone homes. This modest condominium development will house working families and be built in a manner consistent with the neighborhoods character and all applicable zoning regulations. Such a legal ownership structure justifies zero concern about the maintenance or appearance of the lot as residents will have major equity in their homes.

There can be no doubt housing affordability has made it more and more difficult for year-round residents to live and raise families in NEH. The health of the public school system, the vitality of main street, and the local economy generally face existential threats from the housing shortage. Increasing the stock of homes for winter residents is imperative for the survival of the community broadly, and this proposal is a reasonable and effective step in that direction.

We encourage the Planning Board to approve this application.

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