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Residents of new housing development for low-income elders celebrate ‘cozy porches’ and ‘a sense of being home’


“I’ve lived here for only four months, and I’ve met so many nice people here,” said resident Avis Goodwin, one of the lucky applicants to earn a slot. “Happy people walking their dogs, people waving to you from their cozy little porches. It gives you a sense of being home.”

Bangor Daily News
By Seth Koenig
October 4, 2013

STANDISH, Maine — The second phase of Avesta Housing’s Stonecrest development in Standish was completed about seven months ago. By Friday, when residents belatedly celebrated the new project with a harvest luncheon, a four-year waiting list to move in had already accumulated.

“I watched Stonecrest being built,” said one lucky applicant — now resident — Mary Roberts on Friday. “I lived right around the corner on Oak Ridge Drive, and when I applied, they asked me if I wanted to be on the waiting list. I said, ‘yes, definitely,’ and it’s the most wonderful thing that I could have imagined. I love the sunny windows and the gardens and the big closets, and most of all, the people.”

Greg Payne of the Portland-based Avesta, northern New England’s largest nonprofit housing developer, said the list has 125 people or households on it. Stonecrest Phase II added 25 federally subsidized units to a 12-unit community built more than 30 years ago in Standish, and the new apartments were filled less than four months after the doors opened in early March.

“That speaks to an incredible amount of demand and the absorption rate in this area,” Payne said.

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