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City councilors to discuss proposal to build large apartment complexes near Maine Mall

FILE - There is a meeting Wednesday night in South Portland to discuss a proposal to build two large apartment complexes near the Maine Mall. (WGME)

SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) -- There is a meeting Wednesday night in South Portland to discuss a proposal to build two large apartment complexes near the Maine Mall.

South Portland’s current zoning law say no building can be taller than 59 feet or six stories high, but the two developers who want to build separate apartment complexes are asking city councilors to raise it to nearly double the height.

While no formal plans have been submitted by either developer, they are asking councilors to raise the standard building height to 156 feet or 15 stories.

If approved, any person who develops a middle-income housing unit would have the opportunity to build that high.

One developer is currently looking to build a 250 middle-income housing unit behind the Home Depot on Clarks Pond.

Ocean Properties wants to build a 300 unit complex on the undeveloped land near Sable Oaks Golf Course.

City councilors seem to support the idea. However, they've expressed they'd like the areas they're looking to build on be more residential with things like sidewalks and other amenities.

City councilors will meet at 7 p.m. to discuss the proposed zoning changes.

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