The Westbrook Planning Board voted Tuesday night to approve a 183-unit housing development off Spring Street, the largest subdivision in the city in more than a decade.

City Planner Molly Just said the project did not prove to be controversial and generated very little discussion. The vote was 7-1.

Risbara Bros. of Scarborough will build 53 single-family and duplex homes, 32 condominiums and 98 market-rate apartments on 37 acres of former farmland.

The $30 million project will be called Blue Spruce Farm, after the name of a farm that once occupied the property.

Developer Bill Risbara said construction will start immediately after approval and the entire project will take three to five years to build. He expects the first residents to move into homes and apartments later this year.

Single-family homes at Blue Spruce Farm will start at $225,000, and the apartments will start at $1,100 a month for a one-bedroom, Risbara said.

The property includes green space and trails along the Stroudwater River.


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