Building and restoring quality lead-free homes Lewiston people can afford.
Choice is partially funding the design and construction of 185 new, safe, energy-efficient, mixed-income apartments Lewiston people can afford to call home. Lewiston Housing, in partnership with Avesta Housing, will lead these development efforts.
Of these 185 apartments, 92 are replacement apartments for households whose distressed or aging housing will be demolished or repurposed. The other 93 apartments will be a mix of market rate and workforce housing apartments. These high quality, larger living spaces help raise the current standard of available housing in the Tree Streets neighborhood.
Choice funding will move us closer to Lewiston’s goal of replacing or rehabilitating 700 lead-tainted housing sites each year for the next 24 years. The ultimate goal is “Lead-Free in 2043.”
Why invest in housing?
Choice funding will replace some of the distressed housing that has challenged Lewiston for years. Choice encourages more investment to rebuild and replace more distressed housing, helping to re-establish Lewiston’s reputation as a desirable city where people want to live.
Lewiston’s old, neglected housing stock has high levels of lead paint – and is a significant public health risk to residents, particularly young children. Forty percent of Lewiston’s children live in downtown Lewiston. Lewiston, specifically the Tree Streets, has the highest rate of childhood lead poisoning in Maine. Most of the Tree Street neighborhood housing stock requires lead remediation or replacement.
Choice Initiative Developments
The developments listed below will replace 92 subsidized housing units at Maple Knoll, Lafayette Park, and several smaller scattered affordable properties. In addition to those replacement apartments, Lewiston Housing and Avesta will build an additional 93 workforce and market rate apartments throughout these sites.
Wedgewood will be located on Pine Street, focusing on redeveloping the block surrounded by Pine, Pierce, Walnut, and Bartlett Streets. This development will include 82 units in 9 buildings. This lower-density development will be a mix of historic rehabilitation of the Wedgewood House, townhouse style buildings, and apartments.
These buildings will contain a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units.
To be notified of when Lewiston Housing will begin taking applications for Wedgewood, please complete the interest list form.
DeWitt will be located on Pine Street across from Kennedy Park. This replacement site will contain two buildings totaling 103 one- and two-bedroom units. The first floor of each building will offer commercial space for retail or office space.
To be notified of when Lewiston Housing will begin taking applications for DeWitt, please complete the interest list form.
*all housing renderings are preliminary sketches and are subject to change.