BANGOR – Nick and Kortnie Mullins of Community Real Estate Solutions are working on their latest fixer upper in downtown Bangor.
“Community Real Estate Solutions was founded on the idea of being able to provide housing. That’s really what we’re all about,” said Nick Mullins.
“Affordable housing is an issue in any market. But all types of housing, especially in Bangor, too,” he said.
The two have renovated a dozen residential homes in the area. This building located at 22 State St. originally held law offices. Now, they’re converting the 3,000 square feet to apartments.
“There was a lot of demolition before we could really start to put our vision in here and start to see it. It was very difficult at first,” said Mullins.
The first floor will hold offices for their company.
“I want it to kind of be like a conference area,” Nick Mullins said. “I want it to be a lounge area too. Get some couches in here.”
This building was built around 1912, according to Kortnie Mullins, right after the Bangor fire in 1911. The Mullins’ said knowing the history of their buildings is a big part of what they do.
After removing layers of paint on the walls and exposing original brick and hardwood floors, they said they’re going for an industrial feel to the apartments.
“With the exposed brick, in a big brick building, we really want to go that route with this particular space on these three floors,” Nick and Kortnie Mullins said.
The Mullins’ said when one person restores a building, it creates a ripple effect. Over time, Kortnie Mullins has seen Bangor transform. She said she’s excited to add to that.
“Just to be part of that wave and help inspire more developers to come down here and do that it’s really all we can ask for. That’ll help our community in general. Help our businesses grow,” Nick Mullins said.
“The structure is already there. People don’t realize they don’t have to go and build new. You can save and restore the history that’s already here,” Kortnie Mullins added.