CAPE ELIZABETH — The owners of the fast-growing Cape Chiropractic and Acupuncture practice plan to start building an office and apartment complex on Hill Way this fall after receiving Planning Board approval last week.

Zev and Amber Myerowitz sought permission to build two three-story buildings at 12 Hill Way, a short street that forms a land triangle at the intersection of Ocean House and Scott Dyer roads.

The complex, which would be built next to a former Cumberland Farms gas station and convenience store, would feature ground-level office space and a total of 10 townhouse-style apartments on the second and third floors.

The board unanimously approved the project, which is the town’s first proposal for multifamily rental housing in about a decade. The project comes as many Greater Portland communities wrestle with a housing shortage, especially of affordable rentals suitable for families. It also answers the call for small-scale, mixed-use development outlined in the Town Center Plan that was adopted in 2014.

The project is expected to be completed by next summer, said Zev Myerowitz, a third-generation chiropractor who grew up in Bangor and specializes in acupuncture, oriental medicine and sports performance. Amber Myerowitz is a New York native and a certified chiropractic assistant who also practices acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.

Cape Chiropractic is now located at 2 Davis Point Lane, where the couple also live. The couple plan to move into one of the apartments at 12 Hill Way and be hands-on landlords, carefully screening tenants and making sure neither the commercial nor residential aspects of the complex have an adverse impact on the neighborhood.

The couple said they would preserve as many trees as possible on the 2-acre wooded lot and carefully design and landscape the project to minimize the appearance of the complex. They also agreed to coordinate sidewalk and storm drain construction with roadwork that the town plans to do on the rest of Hill Way.


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