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July 14, 2020

Maine real estate group names seven 'Notable Projects' for 2019

The Maine Real Estate and Development Association on Tuesday morning named seven developments, from corporate headquarters to affordable housing, as winners of the group’s 2019 Notable Project awards.

The annual honors recognize “the most noteworthy and significant Maine commercial development projects from the previous year, all of which embody the association's mission to support responsible development,” according to a news release. 

The seven recipients this year distinguished themselves in design, construction, land-use, and providing benefit to their communities, MEREDA said.

The winning projects and their developers, as described by the association, are:

  • Hannaford Center, Good Shepherd Food Bank (Hampden), for renovation of the former Bangor Daily News printing press building, allowing the food bank to purchase and distribute more goods, more frequently and efficiently, to northern, central and Downeast Maine.
  • Cape Arundel Cottage Preserve, Arundel-Kennebunkport Cottage Preserve LLC (Arundel), for creating an overwhelming sense of place and cohesive design on a 300-acre project, using sustainable practices and natural landscapes.
  • 62 Spring Street, Auburn Housing & Anew Development (Auburn), for its diversity and vibrancy, epitomizing the "Smart Growth" concept that successfully integrates affordable housing, city walkability, economic energy and downtown growth.
  • Founders Place Campus, Bangor Savings Bank and CJ Developers (Bangor), for the creative and extensive implementation of environmental systems and capacity to spur talented business growth to Bangor.
  • Southgate Avesta Housing (Scarborough), for the preservation and creative renovation of a 215-year-old farmhouse as a vibrant community of 38 safe, quality and affordable homes through the incredible support of partners and donors.
  • Station Square, Great Falls Construction (Gorham), for the thoughtful and intentional preservation of Gorham's historic identity as a railroad village, with equal emphasis on the community invitation to work, live, and play while employing Mainers.
  • WEX Inc. Global Corporate Headquarters, Jonathan S. Cohen & 0 Hancock Street LLC (Portland), for a statement of responsible development, innovation, and modernity, using lean construction principles kept work flowing and the project on track, and continuously emphasizing sustainability and energy efficiency.

MEREDA said it had intended to honor the recipients at its 35th Anniversary Gala, which was scheduled for March but has been postponed indefinitely because of the pandemic. The projects and their developers will be recognized at a future event.

Southgate Avesta Housing, in Scarborough, includes 38 residential units, some inside this 215-year-old farmhouse.

“Though they may have their formal award delayed, these projects have only gained practical significance as they serve their communities — especially under additional strain and stress of these unprecedented times,” the association said in the release.

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