Nonprofits based in Maine and Massachusetts system to collaborate on a new housing sophisticated in Scarborough that would present economical residing alternatives for grownups with disabilities.
The task, declared Wednesday by Maine nonprofit developer 3i Housing of Maine (3iHoME), and the lead developer for The Downs undertaking, calls for creating 50 impartial and reasonably priced dwelling units for older people with disabilities.
The task would be found at the prepared Town Middle at The Downs in Scarborough, the site of the former Scarborough Downs racetrack off Route 1. Financing is still pending.
“The Downs is the excellent site for this pilot job,” reported 3iHoME founder Paul Linet in a information launch. Linet said the development will be near community transportation, work chances and recreational features. “Providing correct housing for men and women with disabilities will lower hospitalizations, crisis space visits, and strengthen productiveness, and total overall health and properly-staying.”
Maine is in the midst of a housing disaster, with rates rising sharply over the past few several years, a problem manufactured even worse by the pandemic. The closure of shared residing amenities and nursing properties has created it extra challenging for adults with disabilities to obtain sufficient housing, the developers and advocacy teams say.
“This project in Scarborough will address an urgent want for available and cost-effective housing in Larger Portland that can, and really should be replicated in other parts of Maine,” Jill Johanning of Alpha 1 mentioned in a assertion. Alpha One is a statewide business operated by and benefitting folks with disabilities.
3iHoMe and Boston-centered nonprofit Preservation of Affordable Housing entered into a invest in and sale agreement with The Downs in June and are making use of for funding.
The 50 apartments would be created to comply with or exceed Americans with Disabilities Act criteria. Each individual apartment would aspect reachable sinks, appliances and storage spaces, and roll-in showers.
The models would also offer assistive engineering and other attributes to enable tenants retain autonomy. Rents for the 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom residences would selection from $1,200 to $2,200 for each thirty day period.
“The option to collaborate with 3i Residence to tackle a urgent housing need in a dynamic and more and more pricey marketplace is in trying to keep with our mission to produce economical, wholesome houses that support financial safety, racial equity, and entry to possibility for all,” stated Aaron Gornstein, president and CEO of POAH.
The Scarborough City Council is anticipated to determine in the near upcoming whether to grant the required housing permits for the blended-use City Middle, which is component of The Downs learn system.
Given that the previous Scarborough Downs racetrack home was acquired in 2018 by Rocco Risbara, Peter Michaud and their brothers, they have made more than 475 housing models at The Downs, together with single-relatives houses, duplexes, condominiums, apartments, reasonably priced senior apartments and a memory care facility. They’re also producing a business enterprise innovation district, a downtown district and parks and trails.
If 3iHoMe gets funding and essential approvals it programs to split floor in 2023. Citizens will be ready to live there in 2024.