Work has begun on the four-unit subdivision being developed by Mike Mansolilli near the Tremont Road headquarters of his business, MDI Property Management and Maintenance. PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE MANSOLILI

Commercial subdivision going up in Tremont

TREMONT — A large plastic structure set into the woods on Tremont Road next to the MDI Property Management and Maintenance garage is expected to be new vacation rental units for the start of next season.

Business owner Mike Mansolilli said the project has been approved by the town’s planning board and construction is moving ahead through the winter. Plans are for a four-unit subdivision on a two-acre area within 11.5 acres owned by Mansolilli.

Initially, his plan was to create year-round affordable housing at the site.

“Eventually I’d like to do something on the property that will help the local workforce,” said Mansolilli who has 10 employees currently with his company. “I had a lot of upfront costs to put this together.”

Each unit will be two stories and a total of 1,500 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. A kitchen, living room and den will be part of the layout in addition to a washer and dryer space and a shared utility area.

“I want to do some smaller units on the property eventually,” he said last week. “Being in the property maintenance and management business, we’re the perfect fit for this project …We’re planning on renting them in the winter as well.”

Attached to the MDIPMM garage are two similar units constructed last winter that Mansolilli has been renting on a commercial basis. His company includes a full-time landscaper, gardener and several carpenters.

“The business has grown 15 – 20 percent every year for the past few years,” said Mansolilli. “Our carpentry and building projects are expanding so much I’m probably going to need 15 people.”

The newly-constructed subdivision will feature crushed pink granite along the paved driveway to the building, he said, as well as fruit trees and bushes as part of the landscaping around the property. There will also be shingled siding to help it feel traditional and an irrigation system.

“We’re going to have a lot of fun when we get to that part,” said Mansolilli. “I wanted it to fit into the Maine cottage feel.”

Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Former Islander reporter Sarah Hinckley covered the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and neighboring islands.

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