Things You Need to Know Today: Development in Downtown Augusta Has Some Concerned about Lower Income Renters
Here are the things you need to know today......
A proposal to use City of Augusta funds to help downtown building owners create high-end apartments has now raised the question about all this work eventually pushing lover income renters out of the downtown area. The centralmaine.com reports supporters point out there are already low-income housing options downtown, but the demand for middle and high-income renters is also in demand.
From the Associated Press:
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