Press Release: New Affordable Apartments Open in Portland’s Historic West End Neighborhood

For Immediate Release

May 20, 2018

Contact: Sara Olson, Director of Development and Communications

Cell: 207-317-3914 | Email: SOlson@AvestaHousing.org

 

New Affordable Apartments Open in Portland’s Historic West End Neighborhood

Portland, Maine – Nonprofit organization Avesta Housing will host a grand opening celebration of its
recently developed affordable apartments, Carleton Street Apartments, in Portland, Maine on Wednesday,
June 27 at 2:00 p.m. Speakers for the grand opening include: Portland City Mayor Ethan Strimling, Portland
City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau, West End Neighborhood Association President Liz Parsons, and Avesta
Housing Board of Directors Chair Gail McBride. The program will also include apartment tours.

Avesta Housing developed non-age-restricted Carleton Street Apartments, which has 37 efficiency, one- and
two-bedroom apartments targeted to households at or below 40-60% of the area median income. Located
in Portland’s West End, the building is inspired by the historical architecture and vibrant urban
neighborhood. Avesta Housing President & CEO Dana Totman remarks, “Carleton Street Apartments is an
example of an urban infill project built on an underutilized parking lot. The development fits seamlessly into
the historic West End while also adding diversity to the neighborhood.” Carleton Street Apartments was
built behind Avesta’s senior apartments in the old Butler School. Between the two properties, Avesta has
invested over $12,000,000 to rehabilitate and build affordable housing in just one block of the West End.
Carleton Street Apartments was designed by Archetype Architects of Portland and built by Benchmark
Construction of Westbrook.

Avesta Housing will also present its 2017 Mike Yandell Award for extraordinary work in the field of
affordable housing to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston during the grand opening ceremony. The
award is named for the late Mike Yandell, a former Avesta Housing board chair and the former president
of Gorham Savings Bank, who is remembered for his commitment to improving the community. Dana
Totman will present the award to Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston President & CEO Ed Hjerpe.

          Recent past honorees of the Mike Yandell Award
          2016 Portland Housing Authority
          2015 Portland Press Herald
          2014 Jess Maurer, Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging
          2013 John Ryan, Wright Ryan Construction

Carleton Street Apartments Grand Opening
17 Carleton Street, Portland, Maine
SCHEDULE

2:00 p.m.          Grand opening begins

2:15 p.m.         Program

2:45 p.m.         Apartment tours

 

About Avesta Housing

Avesta Housing is a nonprofit affordable housing provider with over 40 years of experience as a leader in affordable housing development and property management in southern Maine and New Hampshire. The organization is headquartered in Portland, Maine and currently has more than 80 properties and 2,400 apartments in its portfolio. Avesta’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities by promoting and providing quality affordable homes for people in need. Its five areas of focus are advocacy, development, property management, senior and assisted living, and home ownership. www.AvestaHousing.org

 

Press Release: Avesta Housing to Celebrate the Opening of New Affordable Community for Seniors in Hampton Falls

For Immediate Release

May 15, 2018

Contact: Sara Olson, Director of Development and Communications

Cell: 207-317-3914 | Email: SOlson@AvestaHousing.org

 

Avesta Housing to Celebrate the Opening of New Affordable Community for Seniors in Hampton Falls

Hampton Falls, New Hampshire – Nonprofit organization Avesta Housing will host a grand opening celebration of its recently developed affordable senior apartments, The Meadows in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, on Friday, May 18 at 3:00 p.m. Speakers for the grand opening include: New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, New Hampshire Housing Finance Agency Executive Director & CEO Dean Christon, Hampton Falls Planning Board Chair Todd Santora, and Avesta Housing Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration Eric Boucher. The program will also include apartment tours.
The event culminates Avesta’s celebration of neighborhood revitalization activities nationally recognized as NeighborWorks Week. This year’s theme is “Advancing Opportunity,” and NeighborWorks organizations advance opportunity by empowering residents and communities with the tools, skills and services they need to help everyone thrive.
Avesta Housing President & CEO Dana Totman remarked on the project, “The Meadows truly reflects the concept of ‘Advancing Opportunity.’ With the creation of the first 24 units of housing for low-income seniors in Hampton Falls, these residents are afforded the chance to age in place gracefully and continue to make contributions to the community in which they live. We are fortunate to have the support of the town and its commitment to advance the provision of quality affordable housing for New Hampshire seniors.”
Avesta Housing developed The Meadows with funding support from Meredith Village Savings Bank, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, Northern New England Housing Investment Fund, and Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. The building has 24 one-bedroom apartments targeted to senior households at or below 60% of the area median income.
The Meadows was designed with energy-efficient features such as solar panels, continuous exterior insulation, energy-efficient windows, high-efficiency mechanical systems, high-efficiency heat pumps, continuous-energy recovery ventilation, low-flow plumbing fixtures, Energy Star appliances, LED lighting, low-VOC materials, and low-impact storm water management. The building was designed by Lassel Architects and built by TPD Construction. For more info: https://www.avestahousing.org/2018/05/07/the-meadows-now-open/.

The Meadows Grand Opening
27 Brown Road, Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
SCHEDULE

3:00 p.m.          Grand opening begins

3:15 p.m.         Program

3:45 p.m.         Apartment tours

 

 

About Avesta Housing

Avesta Housing is a nonprofit affordable housing provider with over 40 years of experience as a leader in affordable housing development and property management in southern Maine and New Hampshire. The organization is headquartered in Portland, Maine and currently has more than 80 properties and 2,400 apartments in its portfolio. Avesta’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities by promoting and providing quality affordable homes for people in need. Its five areas of focus are advocacy, development, property management, senior and assisted living, and home ownership. www.AvestaHousing.org

 

Historic Maine Farmhouse to be Adapted into Affordable Housing

Boston Capital is investing in the construction of Southgate House, a 38-unit apartment community for families in Scarborough, Maine.The development by nonprofit Avesta Housing will include the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of a two-story historic farmhouse that dates back to 1805 into eight one-bedroom units. Renovations will include new stairs, doors, windows, roofs, and new electrical and plumbing systems.Avesta Housing will also construct 30 units in a new four-story building. The building will include four studio, eight one-bedroom, 10 two-bedroom, and eight three-bedroom units. The new building will feature a community room, an office, and laundry space.

Affordable Housing Finance

 

Bartlett Woods opens in Yarmouth

YARMOUTH — Avesta Housing and Yarmouth Senior Housing held a grand opening of their affordable community for seniors at 31 Bartlett Circle on Tuesday, May 1.The two nonprofits worked together to develop Bartlett Woods, a 28-unit senior housing community, serving residents 55 and older.

The three-story building includes an elevator, laundry room, community room with a warming kitchen, an interior trash and recycling room, and 27 on-site parking spaces.

The Forecaster

New affordable housing for seniors opens in Yarmouth

Yarmouth Senior Housing and Avesta Housing will host a grand opening celebration of their recently developed affordable senior apartments, Bartlett Woods in Yarmouth, on Tuesday.

The two nonprofits co-developed and co-own Bartlett Woods, which has 28 one- and two-bedroom apartments targeted to households at or below 60% of the area median income. Bartlett Woods is located next to Bartlett Circle, 28 units of affordable senior homes that were built by Yarmouth Senior Housing in 1975 and rehabilitated in 2017.

Mainebiz

Press Release: Yarmouth Senior Housing and Avesta Housing to Celebrate the Opening of New Affordable Community for Seniors in Yarmouth

For Immediate Release

April 26, 2018

Contact: Sara Olson, Director of Development and Communications

Cell: 207-317-3914 | Email: SOlson@AvestaHousing.org

 

Yarmouth Senior Housing and Avesta Housing to Celebrate the Opening of
New Affordable Community for Seniors in Yarmouth

Yarmouth, Maine – Nonprofit organizations Yarmouth Senior Housing and Avesta Housing will host a grand opening celebration of their recently developed affordable senior apartments, Bartlett Woods in Yarmouth, Maine, on Tuesday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m. Speakers include: Dan Brennan, Director of MaineHousing, Dana Totman, President of Avesta Housing, Mark Primeau, Board Chair of Yarmouth Senior Housing, and Pat Thompson, Yarmouth Town Council Chair. The program will include apartment tours.

Yarmouth Senior Housing and Avesta Housing co-developed and co-own Bartlett Woods, which has 28 one- and two-bedroom apartments targeted to households at or below 60% of the area median income. Bartlett Woods is located next to Bartlett Circle, 28 units of affordable senior homes that were built by Yarmouth Senior Housing in 1975 and rehabilitated in 2017. Avesta Housing President & CEO Dana Totman remarked on the project, “Bartlett Woods is the product of a strong partnership between Yarmouth Senior Housing and Avesta. We shared a passion for supporting Maine’s seniors with safe, affordable housing, and were fortunate to have the support of the Town of Yarmouth and its residents.”

Bartlett Woods is a sustainably designed building with photovoltaic solar panels and a tight building envelope. Bartlett Woods residents benefit from a telehealth program resulting from a partnership with MaineHealth. They also have access to cooking and nutrition programs with Cooking Matters and financial capability training and fraud prevention education with the Avesta NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center. Bartlett Woods was designed by Gawron Turgeon Architects of Scarborough and built by Bowman Constructors of Newport.

The 28 units at Bartlett are among only 66 affordable senior apartments that came online in Maine in 2017. Meanwhile, the Maine Real Estate Managers Association recently released data indicating that among 92 property management organizations and landlords throughout the state, there were a total of 9,890 senior households currently waiting for an affordable home.

Bartlett Woods Grand Opening
31 Bartlett Circle, Yarmouth, Maine
SCHEDULE

2:00 p.m.          Grand opening begins

2:15 p.m.         Program

2:45 p.m.         Apartment tours

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About Yarmouth Senior Housing

Yarmouth Senior Housing, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1975 as a cooperative effort by local citizens, businesses, and the Town of Yarmouth. Yarmouth Senior housing owns and manages Bartlett Circle and co-owns Bartlett Woods, both 28-unit affordable housing properties for seniors. Yarmouth Senior Housing’s mission is to enhance human dignity in Yarmouth by providing safe, comfortable, carefree, and affordable homes for some of its elder citizens. www.bartlettcircle.com

 

About Avesta Housing

Avesta Housing is a nonprofit affordable housing provider with over 40 years of experience as a leader in affordable housing development and property management in southern Maine and New Hampshire. The organization is headquartered in Portland, Maine and currently has more than 80 properties and 2,400 apartments in its portfolio. Avesta’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities by promoting and providing quality affordable homes for people in need. Its five areas of focus are advocacy, development, property management, senior and assisted living, and home ownership. www.AvestaHousing.org

 

Southgate Farm in Scarborough entered in National Register of Historic Places

SCARBOROUGH — Southgate Farm in Scarborough, Cumberland County, Maine has been entered in the National Register of Historic Places, according Kirk F. Mohney, Director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, in a press release. This designation indicates that the property has been documented, evaluated, and considered worthy of preservation and protection as part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

Southgate Farm is significant as a well-preserved example of a rural New England Federal-style brick farmhouse with later Colonial Revival additions. The house embodies distinctive characteristics of Federal style design in its form, proportions, plan, detailing, and materials.

Bangor Daily News

Avesta plans senior housing on Brighton Avenue in Portland

PORTLAND — Avesta Housing hopes to build 40 one-bedroom apartments for people age 55 and older at the corner of Brighton Avenue and Wessex Street.

“It has been too many years since senior housing has been built (in Portland),” Avesta Development Officer Greg Payne said Feb. 9.

The new housing would be built on the site of a two-family home and adjacent storage building owned by the nonprofit, according to Avesta’s plans and city tax records. The property is between the Pine Tree Shopping Center and Nason’s Corner on Brighton Avenue.

The Forecaster

Reshaping Portland’s waterfront: A flurry of development east to west in Maine’s largest city

Lobster traps, buoys, barrels and industrial buildings dot Portland’s Union Wharf, owned by the Poole family for more than two centuries.

Brothers Charlie and Malcolm Poole lease space to 25 tenants and 15 boats that tie up on the pier, all part of Portland’s prized working waterfront.

As they seek new tenants and income sources, the brothers are having a three-story office built at the adjacent Widgery Wharf, which they also own. They’re planning two more buildings of commercial and retail space on Commercial Street in what is to be the first large-scale project under 2010 zoning that allows for more non-marine waterfront land use under certain conditions, including providing money to invest in marine infrastructure.

Mainebiz

Southgate seeking historic status

The Southgate House, a more than 200-year-old farmhouse at 577 Route 1, is slated to receive a new lease on life and be redeveloped into an affordable housing complex, but before that happens, the Maine Historic Preservation Commission is working to get the property listed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.

The Commission voted Jan. 26 that the property is indeed historic and passed it on to the next level of review.

“The commissioners voted on it on Friday and unanimously agreed it was ready to be forwarded to the National Park Service. That will be the next step,” said Michael Goebel-Bain, Maine Historic Preservation Commission’s National Register and Survey Coordinator.

Scarborough Leader