Ground Breaking Ceremony for Senior HousingAugust 2, 2012
Penquis Housing, Inc., in partnership with the Brewer Housing Authority, hosted a ground breaking ceremony to mark the end of the predevelopment phase of the Chamberlain Place Senior Housing project. The commencement was held on Thursday, August 2, at 10:00 am and celebrated the start of construction of much needed senior housing for the greater Bangor/Brewer area.
Housing data and market studies clearly demonstrate the importance of developing affordable senior housing in this area. The low-income elderly population is expected to continue increasing over the next 15 years. In addition to meeting affordable housing needs for our seniors, construction of this project will create jobs and utilize goods and services from the local economy.
The housing units are being constructed at 258 Chamberlain Street and will include 32 apartments that comply with MaineHousing's green building standards for energy conservation. It is designed to meet a high level of accessibility for all residents and will have onsite laundry facilities and a community room for residents' use. Rental assistance will be available for 26 of the units through U.S. Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) project-based vouchers.
The event was hosted by Steve Mooers, Executive Director, Penquis Housing, Inc. and well attended by city officials including Jeff Goss, Brewerâ€™s Mayor and other business and community leaders. Supporters of this project include the City of Brewer, Brewer Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Northern New England Housing Investment Fund, People's United Bank, and Penquis. The facility is being constructed by Nickerson & O'Day, Inc., of Brewer.
Construction is finally underway thanks to the faithful efforts of the Brewer Housing Authority, and many organizations and individuals who share the common purpose of insuring our elderly population have decent, affordable homes.
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