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.


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