PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There are 326 seniors on waiting lists for Portland apartments through Avesta Housing, according to CEO Dana Totman. Avesta only has about 6 openings each year.
It's a snapshot of a statewide problem. The oldest state in the country needs to have an additional 8,000 units for seniors by next year, according to the Maine State Housing Authority.
To put a small dent in that demand, Avesta Housing is proposing a new development at the end of Powsland Street, off of Congress Street in Portland.
It's too early to draw up renderings, but Avesta officials say they are looking to build 25-45 units in a three or four story building.
Neighbors met with Avesta and city officials in a meeting Wednesday night to learn more about the project.
They asked questions about traffic, parking, property values, and even raised concerns about flooding.
Avesta plans to continue to hold meetings with neighbors as the planning process moves forward.