PORTLAND-A hearing was held this week on a proposal to develop 1,000 apartments and condominiums on a 15.5-acre site north of the Freemont Bridge along Northwest Front Avenue. Existing streets on the other side of Front would be extended into the site, and a new street running parallel to the river would be built and named Riverscape Avenue.

The project’s preliminary approval is expected, assuming the developers, whose spokesperson is Jeff Bacharach, prove they can build earthquake-resistant housing on the riverfront property — given that it’s a fill site — and that the development won’t harm the shoreline or the river’s endangered fish.

The soonest plans are expected to be submitted for approval is next summer. A decision from hearings officer Gregory Frank is expected sometime after the first of the year.

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