Old dormitory turned into affordable housing for seniors

8:13 PM, Oct 7, 2011   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- For many senior citizens in Eastern Maine it can be a challenge to find safe affordable housing. Yet a new project completed at an historic Bangor landmark may help ease some of that demand.

On Friday several groups were on hand to celebrate the completion of renovations at "Maine Hall." The building, which sits off of Union Street, used to be part of the Bangor Theological Seminary. The seminary moved out of the building in 2006.

The group "Community Housing of Maine" has been working over the last four years to turn it into affordable housing for seniors and veterans. It took $6 million to renovate the building and convert it into a 28 unit housing facility.

The project was paid for with the help of tax credits from the federal government as well as stimulus funds.

"I think the true collaboration are really the people that are involved," said Cullen Ryan, who is the executive director for "Community Housing of Maine," "There were 20 design professionals that were involved in getting this building right and this building put 120 people to work...constructing it to what it is today."

Tenants began moving into the building last week. In order to qualify residents have to be at least 55 years old and fall into a certain threshold of income.    










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