10 year-round apartments shifted to seasonal housing

BAR HARBOR — A 10-unit apartment complex off Hadley Point Road that for many years has provided year-round housing will be inhabited by seasonal workers starting this month.

The apartment buildings, formerly owned by Emile St. Germain, were purchased this April by Ortega Family Enterprises, the New Mexico-based company which began running the Jordan Pond House and other Acadia National Park concessions this year.

On April 15, notices were posted on all of the apartment doors notifying residents that they needed to move out by June 1. According to Jordan Pond House general manager Gabrielle Martinez, occupants were offered financial incentives for moving out within a certain time frame. Nine of ten units were cleared out by May 15. Martinez declined to specify what the incentives were.

Ortega, which is doing business in Maine as Dawnland, LLC, took over operations at Jordan Pond House and several Acadia National Park gift shops on April 8 this year. The Acadia Corporation had been, until this year, the sole vendor in Acadia National Park since the park was founded in the early 1900s.

Martinez, who previously worked for Acadia Corp., said that having enough housing for workers is a key issue for the company, as it is for most of the seasonal businesses here.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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