Senior housing development opens in Gorham

GORHAM (WGME) — With Maine’s aging population, senior housing is at a premium.

Avesta Housing celebrated their grand opening of its’ latest senior apartment development in Gorham on Thursday.

The development, Ridgewood at Village Square has 24 one and two-bedroom affordable apartments.

Fifty-percent of the units will get their power from solar energy.

The apartments include a telehealth program, which is a partnership between Avesta and Maine Health.

“It’s a development. One of the first ones, that has on-site telehealth, where we can connect the residents to their medical providers from Maine Health via the internet,” says Dana Totman, president, Avesta Housing

Only 39 affordable senior apartments have come on-line this year. Currently, there are about 9800 senior households waiting for affordable housing.

All of the units at Ridgewood, have sold out.