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September 12, 2023

Bath Housing will break ground on building with 18 affordable apartments

Courtesy / Bath Housing Construction A total of 18 two-bedroom apartments will be located at 520 Centre St. in Bath.

Bath Housing and Development Corp., which works to improve housing stability for Bath-area seniors, people with disabilities and families, is beginning construction on its first multifamily housing project since 1984.

The 18 two-bedroom apartments will be located at 520 Centre St.  

Bath Housing envisions two phases of development, with the first to include the apartments on the upper three floors and Bath Housing’s administrative offices to then be built on the first floor.

The property will be owned by Bath Housing and managed by Bath Housing Authority. 

Ouellet Construction, of Brunswick, has been named construction manager, while design will be handled by Ryan Senatore Architects, of Portland. 

The project is expected to break ground in early 2024.

Income-restricted housing

Funding has been secured from MaineHousing. In September 2022, Bath Housing was one of eight developers selected by MaineHousing for its Rural Affordable Rental Housing Program. Bath Housing Executive Director Deborah Keller told Mainebiz that the initial budget was about $5 million. 

All of the apartments will be income-restricted. The total household income will be capped at 80% of Area Median Income, or under $51,800 for a single person, $59,200 for a couple, and $74,000 for a family of four. 

“Bath Housing is committed to finding housing solutions so people from all backgrounds and income levels can live, work, and thrive in our community,” said Keller. “This property — and this project — are one step forward in our efforts to expand housing options here in Bath.” 

About the apartments 

According to Bath Housing's announcement, the site’s location was a prominent driving force. The site connects easily to the Congress Street walking path and is only a mile from downtown businesses and major employers. The location is also walkable to the middle and high schools, the YMCA, Wing Farm Parkway and shopping plazas. A bus stop is directly across the street.

The project will be wired for future installation of Level 2 electric vehicle chargers, solar panels and fiber internet. There will be no fossil fuel systems used in the building. 

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