Avesta Housing celebrates grand opening of Village Commons

PHOTO: Dawn Pendergrass hugs Avesta President & CEO Rebecca Hatfield following Pendergrass’ speech at the grand opening celebration of Village Commons in Scarborough on June 18. Pendergrass spoke about how Avesta helped her father with an affordable home at Village Commons after he lost his life savings in an internet scam.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Avesta Housing celebrated the addition of 31 new affordable homes for older adults on June 18 with the grand opening celebration of Village Commons, 246 U.S. Route 1.

Village Commons combines a creative approach to affordable housing with smart growth development principles to provide safe, quality, affordable homes for ages 55 and older. The building is part of Firehouse Village, a 2.6-acre development on the site of Scarborough’s former public safety campus in the Oak Hill neighborhood. Avesta Housing was approached by the Firehouse Village developer, Firehouse Ventures LLC, to add affordable housing to the campus’ mix of retail, dining, and office space.

“This effort illustrates how former public space can be transformed to help create much-needed affordable housing and promote a vibrant, accessible, mixed-use community for residents and neighbors,” said Avesta Housing President & CEO Rebecca Hatfield. “It is also a testament to how collaboration can help to create more affordable housing.”

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