Berry honored at apartment groundbreaking

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Dr. Arthur O. Berry and wife, Beverly, are surrounded by family members at the recent groundbreaking ceremony for the Dr. Arthur O. Berry Apartments at Larrabee Commons.

Westbrook Housing recently celebrated the groundbreaking of its newest elderly affordable housing apartment complex, the Dr. Arthur O. Berry Apartments at Larrabee Commons.

The three-unit building is named after Dr. Arthur O. Berry, who in 1969 was the Housing Authority’s first chairman of the founding Board of Commissioners.

Berry, a retired University of Southern Maine professor, attended the ceremony with his wife Beverly, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild.

Berry established the mission and direction of the city’s housing authority that is still followed today, according to Chris LaRoche, executive director.

Mayor Michael Sanphy also presented remarks commemorating Berry’s service to the city.

The Dr. Arthur O. Berry Apartments at Larrabee Commons are scheduled to be ready for occupancy in fall of 2018. The one-bedroom, 600-square-foot apartments are designed for residents 55 and over who are at or below 60 percent and 50 percent of the area median income limits.

Of the $6.3 million project, $1.3 million will be paid by low-income housing tax credits, part of the federal Internal Revenue Service Program that is administered by Individual states and based on population. The remaining funds come from a combination of grants and loans from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, Gorham Savings Bank, the Cumberland County Home Consortium, and Maine Housing.

The Dr. Arthur O. Berry Apartments at Larrabee Commons are scheduled to be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2018.

Dr. Arthur O. Berry and wife, Beverly, are surrounded by family members at the recent groundbreaking ceremony for the Dr. Arthur O. Berry Apartments at Larrabee Commons.