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Brunswick approves plan for 200 new apartments in hopes to ease housing crunch

202 units over four residential buildings with an additional clubhouse. "This is a full-fledged, luxury apartment community. It's different than a lot of what's being done in Brunswick," Jason Kambitsis, president of A.R. Building, told Mainebiz. "People have expectations today of elevators, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a carefree community that feels like a resort."

Very high quality rendering:

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During the Planning Board meeting, the group proposing the units in post #41 mentioned they initially intended to have minimal setback from Bath Road but wetlands prevented this. It's an underwhelming layout and design. Even though it's not far from Hannaford and a handful of restaurants, it's difficult to imagine many people will walk due to a lack of sidewalks and how generally unpleasant Cook's Corner is if your on foot. There is a longer term initiative to address pedestrian and cyclist accessibility in the area but it seems slow moving.

A couple additional renderings from the March Planning Board packet-

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This is the most generic 90s suburban apartment complex I've ever seen.
It pains me to introduce you to Liberty Commons Apartments which will provide 144 units across 9 buildings on 11.08 acres and even comes with a stupid gazebo that’ll mostly sit empty and 289 parking spots. It’s especially disappointing because this area is zoned for mixed use development, which this project doesn’t provide, and they even went out of their way to put the sidewalk behind the buildings to enhance the suburban vibe.

This is on the old airbase near the very similar looking apartment buildings just across Admiral Fitch. There are a few posts about those earlier in this thread.
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I haven’t been able to identify it but I swear there must be a modest mouse song about the place you settled down coming to reflect what you tried to leave behind. Sigh.
 

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Repeated 4 story/16 unit 4,511 square foot buildings sprinkled across the lot. They might as well 3D print the whole thing.
 

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The purpose of good architecture is to improve the user experience. There is no community connect idea in this proposal. In the winter this will become isolated buildings with occupants keeping to themselves. The parking lots divide the connective possibilities. They should be on the exterior, with the buildings closer and connected by a community area with skylights that can enhance the winter/cold experience (8 months of the year). Forget the pool idea. It's not needed. A nice coffee seating area and recreational tables/games would offer connectivity. All the smart residential communities being built today offer enhanced community features. Yes, it would cost a little more to build, but that would be made up with renters willing to pay more. The city should not approve this. Why build junk?
 

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I think its the same developer who developed the bad development in Westbrook on Spring Street
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That was Risbara Brothers, who are now doing the Scarborough Downs development. This looks like a different developer (Priority One Capital Partners, LLC), but this same design has been popping all over the place in Greater Portland for several years now. The Cumberland Woods development off Cumberland Street in Westbrook also had the same design. DM Roma Consulting Engineers is one of the primary culprits behind a lot of them. Pre-packaged cookie-cutter design, out-of-a-box, not requiring an architect to even sniff at it.
 
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I don't get is why do these new developments look so "blah el cheapo 1980s Massachusetts"? I wish that we would see more natural and modern style architecture that you see out West and in other areas of the country. We are a forested state with a lot of natural beauty.....why do developers insist on building bland white boxes?🤮

How about more stuff like this?.....

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Details require skills, money, and time. All of which are not in the interest of a developer trying to make a quick buck.
 

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212 Maine
Another really cool proposal to add 2 floors of residential space above an existing downtown building at Maine St. and Station Ave (see posts 1 and 16 in this thread for details on the now complete vertical addition to the Tontine Mall). The project would create 16 residential units and one additional commercial space.

The screen grab from Google shows the existing structures. The red building on the right would be demolished, the curb cut on Maine would be removed and vehicles would enter off Station. Interestingly, this proposal features a vehicle lift which I've not previously seen used Maine.
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The proposed structure definitely matches the style of nearby new construction. I'm a bit disappointed that they're providing more parking than is required but fault Brunswick for requiring any at all. This building is right next to Hannaford, the train station, bus stop, several banks, a dozen restaurants, and one of the largest employers in town. Overall, I'm excited to see more housing downtown and pleased they are reusing one of the existing structures. This would be a nice addition to Brunswick.
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