Approved, the city will change the zoning of a patch of land where apartment buildings are not allowed. This will leave room for the proposed 250 new apartment complex proposed by Massachusetts based, Saxon Partners LLC. The goal of which is to provide housing for people who work at nearby hospitals for shorter commute times. The company would also work with the city on how it might provide safer pedestrian access from the property where there are currently no sidewalks for pedestrians.

The counsilors have noted that that area, which is home to hotels and other businesses has had an increase of pedestrian traffic. The company is also developing similar housing near hospitals elsewhere across the country, including in New Hampshire, Lewiston-Auburn and Biddeford. Construction for the project still needs approval from the planning board.

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