Beech Hill Road
Island Housing Trust’s current project on Beech Hill Road in Somesville is coming along. The project began with a generous summer resident willing to donate, and move, a small house on condition that it be occupied by a year-round resident employed on MDI. Next, Mount Desert residents voted at their Town Meeting to donate a small parcel on Beech Hill Road. Todd Stanley of Downeast Home Design contributed the design with which Gott & Sons built the foundation (left); Peacock Builders donated a portion of their labor cost for carpentry work; Roger St. Armand of Atlantic Resource Co. facilitated a donation of an EnrivoFin septic system from Maine Septic and Plumbing; Linda Higgins contributed real estate expertise; and Mike Tadenev at Eaton Peabody provided free legal services. IHT is grateful to the donors of the house and the many local partners and advisors who are helping make this new affordable, year-round home available.
Island Housing Trust (IHT) and Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) formally entered into their second partnership this past spring. IHT and MCHT previously collaborated on a project to permanently protect the public canoe and kayak access to Northeast Creek and ensure the affordability of an adjacent single family home in Bar Harbor. Now, with the purchase of a 60-acre parcel of land adjacent to Jones Marsh on Route 3, the organizations have another opportunity to work together to forward both their missions.
“To have an organization on the island, and such a credible one, step up and take initiative to collaborate is such a positive thing,” said IHT Board President Ted Koffman. “We really want to thank them for working with us to meet a critical community need.”
Read more in the Mount Desert Islander.