Mount Desert 365 is a community-based organization dedicated to promoting long-term economic vitality of the town of Mount Desert, Maine, through expansion of sustainable year-round residential communities and economic revitalization of commercial districts.


Fostering a sustainable year-round community while preserving its natural environment.


Community Sustainability

Community is at the heart of all we do. Beyond the place where we live, work, and raise our families, community is the connection with neighbors, a shared appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds us, and a sense of commitment towards mutual prosperity, communal health and well-being, and civic pride through engagement. We believe that a community that thrives 365 days of the year benefits all of us.

Protecting our Natural Environment

The mountains, waters, fields and woods that are an integral part of the community are precious assets that nurture us physically and spiritually. We have a responsibility to be good stewards and safeguard them for future generations.

Diversity Propels Innovation

A complex weave of people in the community creates a vibrancy that can enhance our best features – creativity, resourcefulness, and integrity. The coming together of people living among us year-round, part-time, or visiting briefly adds texture and color to the community and creates an interdependence that can’t be denied. We believe the knowledge, skills, talents and resources of each part of the community should be harnessed and lead to innovations for the benefit of all.

Inclusion is Essential

A shared vision of the community’s future, combined with focused energy, strategic collaborations, and careful use of resources will guide our decisions.

We Strive for Excellence

Building on the solid foundations of the generations before us to establish and preserve this community, we will endeavor to create opportunities to live and prosper that will stand the tests of time.


We started Mount Desert 365 with the goal of rejuvenating our year-round resident population through affordable housing and economic development. Today we are excited to share with you – our friends, neighbors and partners in this endeavor – some of the progress we’ve made to date.

Over the past six months Mount Desert 365 and our sister organization, Mount Desert Economic Sustainability Initiative (MDESI), have acquired a number of properties in Northeast Harbor, including parcels of undeveloped land. As announced earlier in the year, property for residential use has been acquired on Summit Road across from the Union Church, Neighborhood Road, adjacent to the school playground, and the corner lot at Neighborhood and Manchester Roads. We hope to start building modestly sized homes in 2018.

On the commercial side of Northeast Harbor, we have acquired property on Old Firehouse Lane, abutting the parking area, as well as three adjoining lots on the southern end of Main Street – 147, 149, and 151. Each of these properties may be mixed commercial and residential development, consistent with the existing structures in the Village Commercial zone.

As part of the process of acquiring these properties, we have extended existing leases to commercial tenants, rented a residential apartment to a year-round resident and have begun planning how best to put all these properties to use in service of our mission for year-round use.


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