Mount Desert 365 will address the long-held need of the Town for increased year-round population by creating options for individuals and families to live affordably, starting in the village of Northeast Harbor. The housing will reflect the character of the community in terms of design and materials, be eco-conscious to provide comfort and use resources economically, and adhere to the land use regulations of the Town. By returning the village population to levels seen in earlier decades, sustained economic diversity and growth will be possible, as well as a sustainable elementary school population.
We are pleased to announce we have recently acquired several parcels of largely vacant property in the village of Northeast Harbor, where we plan to create new opportunities for a year-round housing development. These properties are ideal for this purpose, as they are located within the Village Residential One (VR1) land use district, areas deemed “appropriate for intensive residential development” according to the Town’s Land Use Ordinance. We intend to work with the Town of Mount Desert Planning Board to explore appropriate neighborhood design options, and to collaborate with the Town and community leaders to develop an aesthetically pleasing plan for these new, modestly-sized homes and lots.
This progress represents an opportunity to begin making a real impact in the supply of year-round housing in Northeast Harbor that is financially attainable for families who live and work on Mount Desert Island. Much work remains to be done to make this goal a reality, including determining the best mechanisms to assure these homes remain affordable and available only to year-round residents. We will continue to identify other suitable locations as we pursue this important objective.
Presently, we have acquired residential properties on Neighborhood Road, Manchester Road and Summit Road, as indicated on the map above in blue, and mixed commercial/residential properties in orange.