Avesta celebrates opening of Scarborough housing development

Avesta Housing on Wednesday celebrated the opening of its Southgate Farm residence on U.S. Route 1 in Scarborough.

The conversion of the 214-year-old farmhouse, and an addition built by Avesta, adds 38 housing units to a tight market for affordable housing, officials of the nonprofit developer said.

“Maine is in need of more affordable housing for people from a variety of backgrounds,” Dana Totman, Avesta Housing president and CEO, said in a news release. “We’re pleased that the redevelopment of Southgate Farm has led to a safe, quality, affordable home for 38 households. It’s particularly special that with this development involved the preservation and resurrection of an important community landmark.”

Avesta received 1,600 requests from seniors for affordable housing in 2018, up 21% from the previous year.