Apartment complex under construction

TRENTON — A new apartment complex is under construction across the street from Wild Acadia Fun Park just off Route 3. Gateway Estates LLC, a partnership between Tim Gott and Steve Fernald, owns the development.

The site plan was approved by the Trenton Planning Board last year. The first phase of the Gateway Estates development will include five two-unit buildings. On-site assembly work on the prefabricated duplexes began Monday.

The apartment buildings were commissioned from Coastline Homes, which specializes in prefabricated modular homes and has offices in Ellsworth, Houlton and Oxford.

Gateway Estates will use 1,320-square-foot duplexes that arrive at the construction site in four boxes. Coastline Home general manager Richard Zerrien said each duplex takes about two days to build with the help of a crane.

The five duplexes will be set up over the course of three weeks, Zerrien said.

Gott said the 62-acre property eventually will have 42-52 units. The Planning Board here has approved that number of units, but permits had only been received for the first 10 as of March 20, according to Code Enforcement Officer Angela Chamberlain.

Fernald said the first 10 apartments will be rented in June, and interested renters can get in touch now. Contracts will be managed by Ellsworth-based Statewide Property Management.

All the apartments will have three bedrooms and cost $1,695 a month. Each unit, an equal split of each duplex, is about 660 square feet.

Site plans shows three duplexes, set 8 feet apart, on the west side of a parking lot and two on the east side.

The development includes a new access road called “Winn’s Way,” according to the plans.


Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd is a University of Maine graduate and a former Bar Harbor reporter for the Mount Desert Islander.
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