The Westbrook City Council has approved the sale of the former Prides Corner School to a developer who plans to build a complex of about 44 condominiums.

The council voted 6-1 on Monday, with Brendan Rielly opposed, to sell the 10-acre site to Stephen Goodrich for $485,000.

The proposal generated relatively little opposition from neighbors, who fiercely opposed a different developer’s plan to build about 100 condominiums in three-story buildings.

Opponents said the earlier project, which would have required exceptions to the current zoning, was inconsistent with the neighborhood and would generate too much traffic.

The council rejected that plan in January.

Goodrich’s proposal does not require any changes to the zoning, which limits building heights and density.


Goodrich, the former CEO of PowerPay in Portland, has bought several prominent properties in southern Maine in recent years.

The Prides Corner School closed in 2012, when the school district decided to reconfigure elementary school grades. Built in 1950, the building was in dire need of repair.

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