The much anticipated redevelopment of the former Marada Adams School on the Hill is on track according to Seth Parker, of Avesta Housing, a non-profit housing agency.
In 2008, Avesta Housing submitted an application for a request for proposal to the development of the former school on the Hill. It was the only response the City received from its RFP. The proposal was to create Beckett Green, a 40 unit residential development and Marada Adams Park, a new facility. At the time, it would comprise one acre and the Park was expected to occupy about a half acre. However, the recession and the resulting difficulty in obtaining loans forced Avesta Housing to drastically downsize the development. It became a 16 unit development with a request to be relieved of its original commitment to be a LEED certified development. However, no decision has been made by the City on that request to date, according to Seth Parker, development director for Avesta Housing. In a recent telephone conversation, Parker said the request was made to “save that extra expense to achieve affordability” in the sale cost of the 16 units.
Proposals for redevelopment of the former school are expected to go out on March 1st – to a select list of buildiers – 6 or 8 Maine based builders, according to Parker for the .75 acre development. It’s anticipated that construction will begin in May – with completion of the Adams Condominiums in the first quarter of 2013.
Adams School was named for Marada F. Adams a long time teacher and principal on the Hill. She was principal of the Shailer School, the Emerson Gramar School in 1898. She taught until her retirement in 1935 at the age of 92 years old. Her long teaching career began in Arootook County when she was sixteen years old.