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Habitat eyes housing development on Talbot Avenue

By Stephen Betts | Jun 18, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Mid-Coast Habitat for Humanity has purchased this 10.4 acre parcel on the north side of Talbot Avenue in Rockland.

Rockland — Habitat for Humanity has purchased more than 10 acres on Talbot Avenue, where it plans to build more homes.

The 10.4 acres of undeveloped land is on the north side of Talbot Avenue between Traverse Street and JRL Drive. Mid-Coast Habitat for Humanity purchased the land June 15 from Denis and Pauline Black.

Rockland Code Enforcement Officer Adam Ackor said no plan has yet been submitted to the city. He said the land is being evaluated for wetlands to determine the number of homes that could be built.

The code officer said Habitat has not specified the number of homes it plans to build, but in theory the land could hold 40 units if all of the land was deemed buildable. Rockland also has a cluster development ordinance which, if utilized to the greatest extent, might allow additional units greater than 40.

The sale price was $200,000. The property is assessed by the city at $132,500.

Habitat, based in Rockport, has developed significant number of homes in Rockland for working class people with lower incomes.

The largest project to date has been Philbrick Commons which will eventually consist of 12 one and two-bedroom homes each of between 650 and 850 square feet. This pocket neighborhood of 2.5 acres is located on Philbrick Avenue off Camden Street in Rockland.

The formal groundbreaking for Philbrick Commons occurred Nov. 6.

Three homes are largely constructed and three others have foundations poured.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Jun 18, 2020 08:25

Wow at least someone is awake and came in ready for work this morning.  Thank you Habitat for achieving something this City has been unwilling or unable to do for years now.  Politicians and administrators Love to "talk " about developing housing at lease someone in the private sector is willing and able to make a bold step forward.  I believe the reason the Blacks never developed this parcel was because the City gave them such a hard time about possible "wetlands" on a 10 acre parcel located on the side of a hill.  Go figure.  This forward thinking announcement comes as a joy and frustration to me because over the last 7 years I have promoted this site to our economic development director, the code office and various members of the City council especially Vallie Geiger who was at the time trying to push areas within the City ripe for development.  Well congratulations Habitat, hope your development plans come true and the City doesn't put a log in the road.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 18, 2020 06:40

Great idea! WOW!! Reading this was a great way to start the day!!! It is encouraging to see faith based organizations such as Area Interfaith Outreach and Habitat For Humanity making a positive difference by sharing LOVE and HOPE to a hurting world. WOW!!

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