A former site for Maine General Health, located on Dresden Avenue in Gardiner, Maine, has cleared its first hurdle in being approved to be made into apartments.

According to the Kennebec Journal, the folks with the Gardiner Planning Board gave the nod to a developer that wants to take the old former hospital and convert it into apartments.

The KJ is reporting that the cost of the project would likely top $3 million and would convert the buildings at 150-152 Dresden Avenue into a total of 34 apartment units.

The newspaper said, in part,

It is the first phase of developer Paul Boghossian’s controversial vision for the site, which he calls Gardiner Green. Boghossian has proposed renovating other buildings at 150-152 Dresden Ave. and constructing condominium units to create a pocket neighborhood.

With this initial approval that the board granted Boghossian on Wednesday, July 12, he has been cleared to begin the renovations in the building. In August, the board is set to review the findings of fact and conclusions of law before giving the official final approval on the entire project.

However, not everyone is excited about the upcoming conversion. The KJ said that many residents who stood in opposition to the conversion ended up leaving the meeting early, while others were seen hugging one another after the final vote was cast.

This is a developing story and we will continue to keep it updated as more information becomes available in regards to the Gardiner project.

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