More housing, upgrades could be coming to Lewiston’s Tree Streets neighborhood

LEWISTON — City officials got their first look Tuesday at a proposal for a 35-unit Avesta Housing development on Pine and Blake streets downtown.

According to a memo to the City Council, the mixed-income development would be built on a vacant slice of land between 82 Pine St. and 111 Blake St., but would need a contract rezoning to allow greater density and reduced parking requirements.

Avesta Housing is an affordable housing developer based in Portland with dozens of properties in Maine and New Hampshire.

The City Council was set to hear the initial proposal during a brief workshop Tuesday but did not take any formal action.

According to Misty Parker, economic development specialist in Lewiston, Avesta is also seeking financial assistance through affordable housing tax increment financing, as well as $325,000 in federal HOME funds, a Department of Housing and Urban Development program. Both sources of funding are routinely used to finance affordable housing projects.

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