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Brunswick developers, town councilor clash on housing expansion

A Brunswick housing development is on the verge of expanding, but one town councilor says the plan may force families who can't afford them out of the community. (WGME)

BRUNSWICK (WGME) -- A Brunswick housing development is on the verge of expanding, but one town councilor says the plan may force families who can't afford them out of the community.

At Brunswick Landing, housing is in high demand.

Brunswick Landing Venture has been working to renovate former Navy housing in the area and build more, moving many from rental units to condos and homes.

But one town councilor says moving away from rentals will force families out.

In a letter to the planning board, Town Councilor Christopher Watkinson says the project will "destabilize" the market.

Watkinson didn't return our calls for comment Monday, but in his letter, says he heard from residents who currently rent in the development who describe the situation as a "bait and switch," but developer Chris Rhoades says that's just not true.

"We're going to have more rentals after the conversion of these to a for sale product than there was prior," Rhoades said.

The owners say they just purchased another property on the former base that will add more than 150 more affordable rentals.

"We also have excess land where we could build more rental product as well, so we're continually doing the assessment of the housing needs for the community," Rhoades said.

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