2016-08-12 / Community

New Housing Authority building opens

The South Portland Housing Authority held a grand opening for the newly built and fully occupied Ridgeland Gardens on Monday, July 25. Residents, staff, construction and financial partners gathered with local officials and other guests to celebrate.

“This building really capitalizes on the success of our building next door, Ridgeland Estates, with 80 units. This is a great neighborhood for our elderly to live in, and this new building provides them with beautiful new units. Close to highways and the bus line, this location works well,” said Executive Director Michael Hulsey. “The cooperation of the city on density has helped to make this building possible. The tight rental market also makes it difficult for families to afford current rental rates. We hope to address this issue with future development if possible.”

John Gallagher noted the important role of MaineHousing in financing the building through tax credits, and added, “Maine- Housing will continue to assist communities with the demand for affordable housing throughout the state of Maine. I congratulate South Portland Housing Authority on their new building.”

“The Housing Authority has always been a great partner with the community, and continues to focus on their mission of providing safe and decent housing for our residents. Their continued growth helps with the more immediate problem of severe housing shortages in the housing market, ” said South Portland Mayor Tom Blake.

“This is a long-awaited, momentous occasion not only for South Portland Housing Authority, but for South Portland residents” added Chairman-Emeritus Kevin Glynn. “Affordable housing is desperately needed for our aging population. South Portland Housing Authority will continue to look for properties that can be developed into affordable housing for elderly, disabled, and handicapped.”

Glynn’s chairmanship of the board ushered in the effort to construct more housing by the Housing Authority.

The new building was designed by David Lloyd, a principal at Archetype in Portland, and financed through the Low Income Tax Credit Program.

Ridgeland Gardens is 44 units for those whom are 55 or older. Rents are $860 per month and include utilities, free laundry, a fitness room, Wi-Fi and community gardens.

The South Portland Housing Authority owns or manages 685 units of housing as well as subsidizing 389 housing choice vouchers for the elderly, disabled and families.

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