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Housing development in Yarmouth to give vacant buildings new life

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YARMOUTH (WGME) -- A former dorm and office building for North Yarmouth Academy will be turned into some new housing.

149 and 153 Main Street are part of a project creating 12 new townhomes.

"The idea and concept was kind of along the lines of row houses, Williamsburg, Georgetwon," says Matthew Wogan with Waypoint Partners, LLC, "That type of vibe and feel, very New England."

Wogan says the most appealing part of the property is the location.

"I think it's very hard to duplicate an authentic village that has the amenities that are offered within a 3/4 mile radius," he says.

Yarmouth's director of planning and development, Alex Jaegerman, says the town has wanted more housing there for years.

"Last April the council approved some changes in the zoning that allows projects like this to go forward," Jaegerman says, "We're really excited about seeing a development on Main Street, very balanced, very appropriate to the historic village character."

Wogan says there will be a combination of two and three-bedroom units in the Weld and Shepley buildings with a new structure in the back and a courtyard in the middle.

"So as we redevelop and reconstruct those buildings, we'll be paying attention to the historic authenticity of both of them," says Wogan.

Giving the buildings a new purpose and bringing more residents to Main Street.

"I think it'll be a really attractive living environment," says Jaegerman.

Wogan says they have not set final prices, but they could range from $350 to $450 per square foot. They hope to break ground in September, with a few units occupied in the spring and the project complete by the end of next summer.

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