News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, November 19, 2020
Island Workforce Housing starts site work on Oliver’s Ridge

Island Workforce Housing starts site work on Oliver’s Ridge

Land clearing for Island Workforce Housing. Local nonprofit Island Workforce Housing has taken a significant step towards creating year-round rental housing for island workers, according to a news release.

Photo courtesy of Henry Teverow

Local nonprofit Island Workforce Housing has taken a significant step towards creating year-round rental housing for island workers, according to a news release.

This past week, Island Workforce Housing entered into a contract with BK Burgess Construction to begin clearing and site work on its property on the Sunset Crossroad, bordering Oliver’s Pond.

On November 16, workers began clearing trees to make way for a road and foundations for 10 planned duplex apartments. The building locations will be set back from the road, lending privacy to the dwellings and providing a safe buffer from traffic and noise. When completed, these units will be offered to year-round members of the Deer Isle-Stonington workforce at rents affordable to their households.

“This project is a really important step towards supporting our year-round community and economy,” said Mike Wood, chair of the board of Island Workforce Housing. “These rentals will help attract and retain the workers we need so much around here.”

Island Nursing Home Senior Executive Director Matthew Trombley commented, “The addition of new rental housing to the island could not come soon enough. We continue to lose potential new employees due to the unavailability of good quality housing our employees can afford, and it’s becoming a crisis for the nursing home.”

Island Workforce Housing secured approval of its subdivision application to the Deer Isle Planning Board in September, and has been raising money to fund the project since February. IWH’s Development Committee chair Linda Campbell reports that “We’re thrilled to receive widespread support for the project, and have now raised enough money to build eight of the 10 planned rental apartments. We’re working hard to secure the remaining $250,000 to close out our capital campaign, so we can build all 10.” IWH hopes to proceed with framing the buildings in the spring.

For more information, and to learn how you can help support Island Workforce Housing, visit islandworkforcehousing.org, or call Mike Wood at 348-9997.