Phoenix Flats Recognized as one of MEREDA’s Top Notable Projects 2023

Community Housing of Maine’s (CHOM) Phoenix Flats was recognized as one of the Top 7 Notable Projects for 2023 at the MEREDA 2024 Spring Conference. CHOM and the CWS project team celebrated this achievement in person at the conference held on May 15, 2024 in Portland, ME.

Each spring MEREDA celebrates Real Estate Development in Maine by recognizing various development projects throughout the state that meet certain criteria such as “notable” and “significant”. Each Notable Project for 2023 was chosen based in part on the following criteria:

  • Noteworthy & Significant Project Completed* in 2023 (*Building Occupancy Permit must be Issued by 12 31 23)
  • Environmentally Sustainable
  • Difficulty of the Development
  • Uniqueness
  • Economic Impact
  • Energy Efficient
  • Social Impact
  • Job Creation

Phoenix Flats was also celebrated with a Grand Opening ceremony in early May of 2023. The event was well attended with members of the CHOM team, CWS project team, project partners, and community members. A few current residents even graciously opened up their homes as part of the building tour and to share what their new home meant to them. The CWS team was proud to hear firsthand accounts of the meaningful impact this apartment building has already made on the current residents, and to addressing the larger issue of housing equity and availability in Portland.

Phoenix Flats is located at the corner of Franklin and Middle Street in Portland, ME and offers 45 units of affordable housing for older adults (62+ years old), and/or people with disabilities. Designed to achieve PassiveHouse certification, construction began in September of 2021 and was completed in 2023. This development combines both affordable apartments and first-class commercial space into one building in downtown Portland, ME. Beyond adding critical affordable housing, it is a blended Housing First development, housing people who are chronically homeless. What was once a city owned parking lot is now a beautiful building contributing to the social and economic goals of the City of Portland and the State of Maine.