Acadia National Park hopes to be the first to use a new federal law to find a private partner for a housing project at Acadia for its workers.
Park officials, who typically hire about 150 seasonal workers annually, need about 60 more beds. They have issued a request for information to develop its 3-acre Harden Farm Road housing site and hope to begin vetting potential partners next month, spokeswoman Christie Anastasia said Wednesday.
Workforce housing has been a chronic problem on Mount Desert Island and a recent issue in Ellsworth. Data compiled by Island Housing Trust indicate that 78 percent of Mount Desert’s island-based businesses had difficulty housing workers on the island. Ellsworth officials counted more than 99 proposed housing units under review in June as city developers worked to meet demand.
“This is an opportunity to revitalize and provide additional housing for Acadia National Park seasonal employees,” park Superintendent Kevin Schneider said in a statement. “Seasonal employee housing is critical to us in being able to recruit and retain a well-qualified workforce, and it is also a crucial need for many other businesses and organizations in our community.”