Avesta adds 37 affordable apartments in Portland’s West End

PORTLAND — More than 100 people celebrated the comforts of home June 27 at the grand opening of Avesta Housing’s new apartment building at 17 Carleton St.

But no one celebrated more than Alan Lewis.

“I love my apartment big-time,” Lewis said during the ceremony behind the 37-unit West End building.

Lewis was one of the first tenants to apply for an apartment. He moved in just before last Christmas, coming back to the city after living in Yarmouth and Bangor.

The 23 one-bedroom, 12 efficiency and two, two-bedroom apartments are marketed to tenants who earn between 40 percent and 60 percent below the area median income; a one-bedroom unit is around $650 per month.

The Forecaster