Grant sought for Rodick Lorraine 

 BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Housing Authority may get some help paying for needed repairs at Rodick Lorraine, an apartment building for low-income older adults and disabled residents, if a state grant application is approved. 

The housing authority has been invited to apply for a Community Development Block Grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development to replace the elevated bridge entrance to the building. A structural engineer has determined that the steel supporting the current structure is deteriorating, said Duane Bartlett, executive director of the MDI & Ellsworth Housing Authorities. 

The project would also include installing heat in the ramp and bridge for safety and easier snow and ice removal; a redesign of the vestibule and lobby; and updating the mailbox area to meet ADA requirements. 

The project is expected to cost $250,000, of which the state grant would cover $200,000. 

The Bar Harbor Housing Authority is one of five public housing authorities under the auspices of the MDI & Ellsworth Housing Authorities. “Annual funding via Congressional appropriation is insufficient to cover the costs of capital needs improvements for the housing authorities’ aging properties,” Bartlett said. 




Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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