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June 21, 2018 1 COMMENTS

New affordable apartments to open in Portland's West End

Courtesy / Avesta Housing, Jeff Stevensen photographer
Courtesy / Avesta Housing, Jeff Stevensen photographer
Nonprofit Avesta Housing will host a grand opening on June 27 of its recently developed affordable apartments, Carleton Street Apartments, on Portland's West End.

Nonprofit Avesta Housing will host a grand opening on June 27 of its recently developed affordable apartments, Carleton Street Apartments, on Portland's West End.

Avesta Housing developed non-age-restricted Carleton Street Apartments, which has 37 efficiency, one- and two-bedroom apartments targeted to households at or below 40% to 60% of the area median income. Located in Portland's West End, the building is inspired by the historical architecture and urban setting.

The apartment building, at 17 Carleton St., was built behind Avesta's senior apartments in the old Butler School. Between the two properties, Avesta has invested over $12 million to rehabilitate and build affordable housing in just one block of the West End.

Carleton Street Apartments was designed by Archetype Architects of Portland and built by Benchmark Construction of Westbrook.

"Carleton Street Apartments is an example of an urban infill project built on an underutilized parking lot," Avesta Housing President and CEO Dana Totman said in a news release. "The development fits seamlessly into the historic West End while also adding diversity to the neighborhood."

Speakers at the grand opening will include Portland City Mayor Ethan Strimling, Portland City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau, West End Neighborhood Association President Liz Parsons and Avesta Housing Board of Directors Chair Gail McBride. The program will also include apartment tours.

Avesta Housing will also present its 2017 Mike Yandell Award for extraordinary work in the field of affordable housing to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston during the grand opening ceremony. The annual award is named for the late Mike Yandell, a former Avesta Housing board chair and the former president of Gorham Savings Bank, who is remembered for his commitment to improving the community.

Totman will present the award to Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston President and CEO Ed Hjerpe.

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Freeport
06/22/18 AT 12:12 PM
What was the rent range on these units? Probably would have been a good part of the writeup based on the headline.
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