The project which will be located at 183 Harlow Street in Bangor, Maine will be an acquisition/historic rehab and adaptive reuse project consisting of 66 units of high-quality permanent affordable rental housing for families, along with on-site amenities.
The final unit mix of The Schoolhouse will be 4 efficiencies, 38 one-bedroom, 23 two-bedroom, and 1 three-bedroom units.
The Schoolhouse is in the Great Fire of 1911 Historic District, in Bangor, Maine. It was built in 1912-1913, as one of only three major municipal buildings constructed in the 55-acre area affected by the fire. The high school opened its doors for classes in September 1913 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 14, 1984 shortly before it was converted to residential apartments and commercial spaces.
The Schoolhouse is ideally situated in downtown Bangor within walking distance of a variety of desirable amenities, including the public library, City Hall, schools, restaurants, banks, YMCA, the post office, public transportation, and outdoor recreation areas, including the Kenduskeag Stream Trail. The downtown location supports CHOM’s commitment to creating vibrant, inclusive and diverse communities in all its housing projects where tenants can easily access the necessities of daily life and can be part of the fabric of the neighborhood. The impressive historic structure has 3 grand entrances on Harlow Street with a patio area that could become a welcoming outdoor respite and gathering place for residents.
The rehabilitation of 45 units, and creation of an additional 21 permanent affordable rental housing units supports the City of Bangor’s goal to promote the development of safe, affordable high-density housing opportunities in the City’s core in areas served by sidewalks, transit and community services as discussed in Bangor’s 2012 Comprehensive Plan.
The adaptive reuse scope includes construction of 9 new housing units on the 1st floor, a new fully compliant ADA entrance, a new elevator, 2 new laundry rooms, two community rooms, a kids play space, telemedicine room, service provider meeting space, community bathrooms, and tenant storage.
The Schoolhouse responds to the need for in-town, affordable rental housing for families in Bangor. Sixty percent of the units will be made available to residents with Very Low Incomes (50% AMI, or less). The remaining units will be made available to Low Income residents (60% AMI, or less).