Nonprofit proposes affordable senior housing for Yarmouth

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YARMOUTH — A proposal to build an affordable, independent senior housing development on two acres of town-owned land will be unveiled next week at a neighborhood meeting.

Margaret Downing, president of Yarmouth Senior Housing, a private, nonprofit corporation that owns Bartlett Circle, said the development would add to the senior living opportunities in town.

Bartlett Circle, a 28-unit, low-income housing complex, was founded in 1975. The new development would add about 25 to 30 apartments for residents 55 years and older, Downing said.

The property is at the end of Mill Street at the edge of the Royal River Park, near Rowe School and close to Yarmouth Crossing.

“The site is important because it allows for accessibility and access to critical services,” Downing said.

She said the meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. will be an opportunity for residents to learn more about the project and to offer feedback.

Town Manager Nat Tupper said the Town Council will hear a presentation on the proposed development at an Oct. 20 meeting, but an eventual vote on the development and release of the property is expected to take months.

“This is where the council will begin their discussions. It is a show and tell,” Tupper said. “Yarmouth Senior Housing still has to talk with the Maine State Housing Authority and has to go through the planning and permitting process.”

He said councilors will hear the report and consider if this is a project they would like to support. 

The neighborhood meeting at the Bartlett Circle Community Building is open to the public.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson.

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