Originally built in 1942, the preservation and reuse of the former John E.L. Huse Memorial School building in Bath will provide 59 units of critical workforce housing in an area where affordable housing options are few. CEI supported the facility renovation with $1.6 Million in State Historic Tax Credit financing.
State Senator Eloise Vitelli remarked that the reuse of the school building sustains the character of the community by preserving a historic space and fueling economic activity by providing affordable housing.
Just one week after opening, the property managers announced that the apartments were 78% rented. “People deserve the opportunity to live in the community where they work. We believe Bath is on the frontier of where housing is going… providing decent, safe, affordable housing for the people of Maine,” said John Gallagher, director of Maine State Housing Authority.
The Szanton Company took the development lead, along with a host of other partners including Bobby Monks, Archetype Architects, City of Bath, MaineHousing, Bangor Savings Bank, Northern New England Housing Investment Fund and Zachau Construction Inc.
Video shared with permission by Maine Preservation.