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June 6, 2019

Tight housing market paves way for two Ellsworth housing developments

Courtesy / Stone Park Properties LLC Ellsworth developer Jonathan Bates developed 24 rental units in a town house subdivision called Washington Luxe in Ellsworth. He now has two other residential subdivisions in the pipeline.

The Ellsworth Planning Board approved two major residential subdivisions at its June 5 meeting.

Both proposals were submitted by Ellsworth developer Jonathan Bates of Stone Park Properties LLC.

The first project, which will be Denver Way Eco Homes, calls for 15 single-family, two-bedroom homes on an 8.5-acre parcel of land on Denver Way, off of the Bangor Road. The homes will be rental units, Bates told the board.

The second, Jefferson Luxe, will have four multifamily housing buildings with a total of 45 residential rental units on a 1.91-acre parcel, off Good Stuff Way, near Beechland Road. Jefferson Luxe is designed to have “eco-friendly ultra luxury town homes,” according to its website.

On the second, the board expressed concern about potential congestion on the corner of Beechland Road and Route 3, which is a major corridor from Ellsworth to Mount Desert Island. Not far from that intersection, Jackson Laboratory has opened its new mouse-breeding facility, which has roughly 450 employees. With regard to the potential for traffic congestion, City Manager David Cole told the board the situation is on the city’s radar as a topic to discuss with the Maine Department of Transportation. 

The flip side is the Jackson Lab has placed further demand on a tight residential market. Cole has told Mainebiz the city needs full range of housing, from rental apartments to condos and single family homes. In recent years, the city has been working with developers, banks and Realtors to discuss housing needs and opportunities.

Among his projects, Bates has previously built a nine-unit property, called Denver Cottages, on the Bangor Road and a 24-unit residential property on Washington Street, called Washington Luxe.

Last December, Developers Collaborative of Portland completed development of Oriole Way, one of the largest affordable residential housing developments in Ellsworth’s history. Oriole Way offers 50 new town house style apartments, according to its website. Occupancy of the first apartments began in December. 


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