January 27, 2010 marked the start of a 16 month, $5.6 million dollar renovation of the 39 units of affordable rental housing in Munjoy Commons. The property is located on two sites in Portland's East End Neighborhood; 17 units in the former Shailer School Building at 56 North Street and 22 units in the former Emerson School Building at 13 Emerson Street.
The two buildings, originally constructed in the 1890s, were converted to affordable housing in 1984.
On the exterior, the renovations will include new roofs, windows, full masonry restoration, and extensive landscape improvements. On the interiors, apartments will undergo full renovations including all new kitchens, baths, flooring, finishes, fixtures, and appliances. New common areas being added to the property include a community room, computer room, and onsite laundry and management offices.
The renovation project was designed by Portland-based CWS Architects with particular emphasis on sustainable design. Solar hot water preheat systems will be incorporated, thermal envelopes will receive added air sealing and insulation, and high efficiency fixtures and equipment will be installed. Resident amenities will include secure bike storage facilities, free high speed wireless internet, and single stream recycling service.
The project is being financed with a variety of sources including approximately Federal stimulus resources, subsidy and low income housing tax credits from MaineHousing, and debt from MaineHousing and the City of Portland. Construction financing has been provided by Gorham Savings Bank.
Construction is planned in two 8-month phases with the Shailer School under construction from January to August 2010 and the Emerson School to follow from September 2010 to May of 2011.
For more information, contact Project Manager, Ethan Boxer-Macomber at 207-553-7777 or . For rental information, contact Gabrielle Berger at 207-773-7720.