Avesta plans low-income senior housing in Paris

Avesta Housing plans to transform the historic Mildred M. Fox School in Paris into a 12-unit low-income senior housing complex.

Built in 1885, it was used as an elementary and high school, SAD 17 office space and then continued as the Oxford Hills Christian Academy until January 2016.

The Advertiser Democrat reported that ground-breaking is scheduled for this summer. Avesta will receive historic tax credits for the project. Historic elements such as the original hardwood floors will remain intact, Tom Greer of Portland-based Pinkham and Greer Civil Engineers told the local planning board at a recent hearing on the project, the newspaper reported.

Greer noted that a benefit of being in the village is that seniors will be able to walk most places.

“I think this is going to make it very successful,” he said.

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