The city of Saco in southern Maine near the Atlantic Ocean is partnering with the Biddeford Housing Authority to develop modular homes on a donated three acre parcel of land for seniors who are seeking to downsize. Because the land has an industrial past going back to the 19th Century, the city received $200,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean the brownfield site and make it suitable for housing. With a price tag of $140,000, the homes would be marketed to over-55 seniors seeking affordable housing who cannot afford to move out of their current homes. As keepmecurrent reports, the development is in its early stages and plans have yet to be submitted to the Saco Planning Board. The single-family homes would be individually owned and the land would be common land. MHProNews has learned the goal is for each modular cottage to be pre-sold prior to the actual development to keep the costs low.
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