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Updated: May 13, 2024 Building Business

Building Business: Portland’s housing stock gets boost from Avesta project

PHOTO / Courtesy, Avesta Housing Avesta Housing unveiled Porter Station, with 60 apartment units, on May 2. Landry/French Construction and Ryan Senatore Architecture handled construction and design, respectively.

Avesta Housing teamed up with Landry/French Construction and Ryan Senatore Architecture on the development, construction and design of Porter Station, with 60 apartment units. The $22 million project, which was unveiled May 2, is at 200 Valley St. in Portland’s St. John Valley neighborhood. Apartments in the five-story building range from efficiencies to three-bedroom units.

Portland-based Avesta, the largest nonprofit affordable housing provider in northern New England, now operates 24 affordable rental properties with a combined total of 1,021 apartment homes in Portland.

Including Maine and New Hampshire, Avesta has 100 properties with a combined total of more than 3,000 apartments.

File PHOTO / Tim Greenway
A view of Vertical Harvest in Westbrook.

Other construction news

  • Wright-Ryan Construction, of Portland, is coming down the home stretch with the 51,000-square-foot Vertical Harvest hydroponic farm in Westbrook. The facility, which looks like a giant greenhouse, is expected to open early next year. Jackson, Wyo.-based Vertical Harvest recently secured $59.5 million in financing to finish the project.
  • Jewett Construction Co., of Fremont, N.H., has the framing and much of the structure in place for an Acura dealership at the corner of Payne Road and Haigis Parkway in Scarborough.
  • Nickerson & O’Day Inc., of Brewer, managed construction of an $8 million Penobscot Nation Community Center in Penobscot County. The center is at 12 Wabanaki Way on Indian Island.
  • PM Construction Co. is wrapping up a full-scale renovation at the Hannaford supermarket location in Damariscotta. The 60,000-square-foot store is set for its grand reopening in June, with design being led by Onyx Creative. A similar project at the Hannaford in China is set to get underway at the end of May with WBRC in place as the architect. In Wolfeboro, N.H., PM managed construction of a ground up rebuild of the Hunter’s Shop n’ Save, with a grand reopening taking place this summer. The original building was destroyed during a fire in January of 2023. The design is being led by Harriman. Finally, a new Starbucks in Scarborough was completed earlier this year and opened for business in March. Ziggi’s Coffee opened its first location in Maine, in Saco, in February. Port City and Sebago Technics were part of the team for both projects.

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