May building permits up from last year

ELLSWORTH — The City Code Enforcement office issued 24 building permits in May, far above the number issued last May (14), when a very rainy month slowed building in the city.

Several new homes are set to be constructed, including a new, six-bedroom, $600,000 group home on Union Street for Downeast Horizons. The home is being funded by the Ellsworth-area nonprofit, which operates 16 homes and three centers between Ellsworth and Bangor for adults and children with developmental disabilities.

A new Downeast Horizens group home is under construction on Union Street.

Most of the group’s properties are three-bedroom homes, said Executive Director Anthony Zambrano, but larger spaces “can cut the cost of caring for people by 50 percent,” because staff can share duties, such as cooking larger meals. Round-the-clock staffing can easily run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, said Zambrano, so economizing makes sense.

“There’s more needs than money,” he said.

In other permitting news, a duplex managed by Downeast Maine Property Management has been approved on Spencer Street, and a new dock is going in at the Bangor YMCA’s Camp Jordan on Branch Lake.

Several decks, garages and sheds are also slated for construction.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at k[email protected]

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