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June 28, 2024

Affordable senior housing development opens in Scarborough

Aerial view of a senior housing building in Scarborough. Photo / Courtesy David Jordan, South Portland Housing Authority Jocelyn Place helps meet pent-up demand for affordable senior housing.

The South Portland Housing Authority cut the ribbon last week on Jocelyn Place, a 60-unit affordable housing development in Scarborough for residents age 55 and older.

Located at 41 Little Dolphin Drive, the passive house-certified development helps meet pent-up demand for affordable senior housing, according to a news release.

The development was named after John Jocelyn, a writer, botanist and English nobleman who arrived in Scarborough in 1663.

Jocelyn Place was designed with accessibility, walkability and convenience in mind. Amenities include 24-hour emergency maintenance, elevators, community and fitness rooms, onsite shared laundry facilities and onsite resident parking. Accessible units are available. It’s within walking distance to a Hannaford shopping area and post office, banks and municipal facilities. 

For 51 units, rents range from $1,000 to $1,200 per month. Nine subsidized units have rents limited to 30% of adjusted household income. Heat, hot water, wireless internet and electric utilities are included. 

The share of local residents ages 45-64 is the area’s largest growth demographic, increasing from 23.1% of the population to 29.5%, according to the 2022 City of South Portland’s Housing Needs Assessment and Strategy Report.

The authority has other development projects underway, including a 55-unit expansion of Betsy Ross Commons, a 123-unit complex, for residents age 62 and over, at 99 Preble St. in South Portland. Landry Woods, slated for an early 2025 opening, will bring another 44 units to the area.

Jocelyn Place is the second over-55 community to open its doors this month, along with Avesta Housing's Firehouse Village.

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