Front Street Redevelopment Phase 1

Portland, ME
Portland Housing Authority Redevelopment

Portland Housing Authority (PHA)’s redevelopment of its Front Street Development will provide 113 units of affordable housing in an array of low-rise buildings along two blocks near the Back Cove neighborhood of Portland. This project is a multi-building, multi-phased demolition and redevelopment of an existing PHA project housing 50 families. The buildings and open spaces are arranged to better integrate the development into the fabric and flows of the neighborhood.

Phase 1 of the Front Street redevelopment provides 60 units of affordable housing, allowing PHA to rehouse the existing residents of both blocks plus additional units. The project caters to families and includes a significant number of three, four, and five-bedroom units organized in duplexes that reference the scale of the surrounding neighborhood. An east-west pedestrian corridor connects the two blocks with a community center and residential support spaces anchoring the center of the site.

Front Street Phase 1 is PHIUS+ 2018 Core certified through the Passive House Institute US.

Project Details

Project Size

156,000 SF

Completion Date

Completed in 2023


Utile Design


Zachau Construction


Portland Housing Authority