New apartments open in Portland

    A new Bayside apartment complex in Portland is being hailed as energy efficient, an affordable housing boon and a center for the community. (WGME)

    PORTLAND (WGME) -- New apartments are opening in Portland’s bayside neighborhood. Developers hope the new complex will help ease the housing crisis in the city.

    The Bayside Anchor is officially open and plenty came out for the celebration Wednesday, including Portland’s Mayor Ethan Strimling.

    Portland Housing Authority and Avesta Housing were the co-developers on the $7.8 million project.

    The building has 45 units.

    Nine are market rate units and 36 are affordable units. They are targeted towards individuals and families making between $23,000 and $49,000 a year.

    The developers say the building will help revitalize the bayside neighborhood and offer some much needed housing to the city.

    It will serve as a community center with the head start preschool program and the community policing offices on the street level of the building.

    In addition, developers say the building will be energy efficient. There is no centralized heating system in this building because it's so well insulted, airtight and ventilated.

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