On Tuesday, June 28th, Avesta hosted Congresswoman Chellie Pingree for a visit and tour of two of our Portland projects.
On Tuesday, June 28th, Avesta hosted Congresswoman Chellie Pingree for a visit and tour of two of our Portland projects. Immediately following her meeting with the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition at the Shailer School on Munjoy Hill, Avesta staff showed Rep. Pingree the recently completed renovations and energy efficiency upgrades at the school, which were funded in large part by federal stimulus funds. After leaving the Shailer School, Rep. Pingree visited the Oak Street Lofts construction site in the heart of Portland's arts district, where Avesta staff and the project's construction and design team provided her with an overview of the 37-unit building expected to open in December. Oak Street Lofts is being designed with the needs of the artist community in mind, and is expected to become the first multifamily affordable housing project in the state to be certified LEED Platinum by U.S. Green Building Council. Rep. Pingree expressed her support and gratitude for Avesta's work in creating energy efficient, affordable homes for Maine people. Also participating in the tours were Deborah Boatright, Ramona Johnson and Chris Harper Fahey from NeighborWorks America, Bill Floyd from the Genesis Community Loan Fund, and Peter Merrill from MaineHousing, in follow-up to the support that their organizations have provided to these exciting projects.