The mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay says the proposed Lower Churchill project could make the area’s housing problem worse and cost businesses and residents money. He spoke Thursday night at the first environmental assessment panel’s hearing into the project. “If you were looking for an apartment in town today or tomorrow, you’d have a very difficult time,” said Mayor Leo Abbass, who expects the challenge to find housing to only worsen. He’s also afraid the project will put a strain on the town’s roads, water supply, firefighting resources and even the dump. He feels they will all need upgrading to handle the project. “The town will incur significant costs that it can not reasonably expect its residents and businesses to bare in increased taxes,” he said. To hear Grand RiverKeeper’s comments on the hearing, see Indy coverage.