ELLSWORTH, Maine — The developer of one of the biggest housing projects in city history has proposed another one: an $8.7 million, 51-unit apartment complex he hopes to finish building by the end of next year.
Kevin Bunker of Developers Collaborative, which is based in Portland, has applied for a permit to build a 51-unit housing complex on Foster Street behind Shaw’s supermarket on High Street. The proposed Foster Street Apartments complex would mix 24 two-bedroom apartments in two buildings that would rent at market rate, about $1,300 a month, with 27 single-bedroom affordable senior citizen apartments in a third large building, Bunker said.
The proposed development continues a recent housing boomlet in Ellsworth, the Hancock County seat and service hub for the area, which city officials said has been spurred by a local housing shortage and the development of The Jackson Laboratory’s Charles E. Hewett mice breeding center. The center opened in 2018 and will eventually have as many as 350 employees, adding to Jackson Lab’s staff of about 1,400 workers in Bar Harbor.