Avesta Housing Cumberland Ave. Redevelopment Concept

Avesta Housing Cumberland Ave. Redevelopment Concept

The pressing need for affordable housing in Portland drove this mixed-use project for Avesta Housing – Northern New England’s largest non-profit affordable housing provider. SMRT’s ongoing programming and planning for this redevelopment project will significantly contribute to the revitalization of Portland’s Bayside neighborhood while also addressing the housing shortage in the community.

The project is on the site of Avesta’s existing building across seven lots on Cumberland Avenue and Elm Street. The project will culminate in a high-performing building with over 200 residential units, parking, and retail/mixed-use space. The new facility will serve as the company’s headquarters and will include leasable office space, a public food market, a restaurant, and retail spaces.

Client
Avesta Housing
Location
Portland, ME
This conceptual rendering features Avesta Housing's public, street-level entrance to its new office space and retail space. The sloping site allows both programs to be easily accessible and visible to the public from Cumberland Avenue.
Learn more about Avesta Housing's mission here.
The intersection's one-way travel configuration allows for safer parking entry to the building in an area with lighter traffic flow.
A centralized elevator and stair core combined with the street grade provided the ability to define an entry point for residents independent of the Avesta offices and retail spaces. The building utilizes the entire site width to maximize the exterior wall space for units.