BANGOR — Penquis held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to mark the opening of a new affordable housing development in Bangor.
“This location will offer 39 new homes for older Mainers,” said Kara Hay, president and CEO of Penquis. “We say older Mainers, we mean people over the age of 55 who qualify for income eligibility.”
“All units are one bedroom,” said Jason Bird, housing development director of Penquis. “Rent will be below market and without any sort of additional subsidy or vouchers involved,”
Hay said there’s an incredible need for homes in Maine, and this is helping with the issue.
“Having a home means having security, having a place to rest and having a place to plan for the future,” Hay said.
The project is named the Stephen B. Mooers Village after the late Penquis housing development director, who spent 35 years providing affordable housing to Mainers.
“To always know Steve had such passion and just wanted to do more and more and more,” said Ed Marsh, board chair of Penquis Housing Inc. “No play on the name Stephen Mooers.”
Bird said the pandemic altered operations, but there weren’t any major delays.
“We had a number of trades and carpenters and subcontractors in the building at any one time, Bird said. “We had to coordinate with them and shift schedules and put a plan in place to keep everyone safe.”
They began working on this three years ago, and occupants will begin moving in on Nov. 1.
“Out of the 39 units, we already have almost 20 committed and spoken for with a number of applicants that we’re working through,” Bird said.
Bird said the lot next door, Charlie and Ellen Newton Place, will be home to 40 more units in about a year.