LINCOLN — Residents who want to see how $3.7 million of American Resource and Recovery Act funding has been spent can tour Lakeview Senior Housing today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The new housing project for senior citizens at Main Street and West Broadway is nearly finished, a fact that will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting at noon, said Stephen B. Mooers, chief executive officer of Penquis, the Bangor-based social service agency that built and will manage the 24-unit affordable housing project.
Mooers said he hopes the tour of the building, which was created to meet the housing needs of Lincoln’s low-income elderly residents, will draw several elderly residents who need housing.
Thursday’s events are “really a marketing enterprise for potential tenants so they can come take a look-see,” Mooers said Wednesday. “I invited people to come that were involved in its creation, and I would like to thank them, and I would like to show people what the project is all about and hope they recognize the benefit it brings.”
Penquis mailed applications in October to seniors who are on the Lakeview waiting list and is screening the applicants now with an eye toward allowing them to start moving into the building next month, he said.
The events are open to the general public, neighbors, prospective tenants, public officials and partners involved in bringing the affordable housing project to reality, Mooers said.
The construction site is the last property to be revitalized in the wake of the two arsons that destroyed a quarter of downtown in 2002. For town officials, the housing project and the downtown revitalization that occurred with it represent the most complex and largest construction effort they have ever attempted.
Several properties were razed and acquired, and new sidewalks, streetlights, edifices and parking lots were erected, including the Lee A. Rush Memorial Gazebo and the lakeside walkway, the officials have said.
Construction of the housing project began in November 2009.