Commentary: Scarborough’s Firehouse Village project is a case study in cooperation

Located in the Oak Hill neighborhood in Scarborough, Firehouse Village celebrates the site’s history by renovating the existing fire and police station into a mix of uses including a local grocery store, a fish market, a pizzeria, a fitness club, a daycare, offices and a community room.

In line with established smart growth principles, Avesta Housing is rounding out the mixed-use approach by constructing Village Commons with 31 new affordable senior residences. The development team persisted through a zone change, a global pandemic, and rapid construction cost escalation to deliver this project which has brought economic opportunity and replaced vacant buildings and parking lots with new housing.

The project has created a campus feel with ample placemaking opportunities to enhance the community-based setting of mixed-use development. Five businesses are currently operating out of the renovated fire and police stations while the adjacent affordable senior housing building is nearly fully leased.

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