About Our Rental Properties

In 2017, the Northern Forest Center launched a new program to help Northern Forest towns regain the vibrancy that makes communities attractive places to live, work and raise a family. Our targeted approach builds on the Center’s 20 years of regional leadership and investment in the region’s forest economy to build economic and community vitality.

The Center began working with people in Millinocket, Maine, to help put key components in place that can support the town's resurgence as it repurposes the closed mill site, adapts to its role as gateway to the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument, and helps create new jobs in the forest economy.

The Center has helped expand internet access through WiFi hotspots on Penobscot Avenue, invested in tourism-related businesses, helped homes and businesses convert to Automated Wood Heat, and purchased and renovated homes in the downtown area to improve housing options and revitalize this key neighborhood.

Read more about our Milliinocket Housing Initiative and our broader Community Vitality program for the Northern Forest.

56 Congress Street - RENTED

56 Congress StreetA newly renovated 2 bedroom Cottage overlooking Millinocket Stream.  This home just received a complete renovation including refinished floors, new bathroom, brand new kitchen cabinets with stainless steel appliances. In addition, the apartment has a couple of sun porches, a gazebo and a single car garage. Large sliding doors open onto a second floor balcony where you will catch the sunrise over Millinocket Stream every day.  Supercute home in downtown Millinocket, convenient to the downtown, both schools, and the hospital.

  • Newly renovated cottage with a great layout
  • 2 bedrooms (on second floor)
  • Newly renovated bathroom on ground floor
  • Central location on quiet street overlooking Millinocket Stream
  • large Newly renovated Kitchen with additional small food pantry
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Newly renovated bathroom
  • Plenty of light
  • Recessed lighting and new wiring throughout
  • Newly refinished maple floors
  • Balcony on second floor, sun porch/mudroom on first floor
  • Washer Dryer in basement
  • 1 Car Garage
  • Cute Yard
  • Pets considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Tenant pays heat and hot water, new insulation in places, new hot water heater, new wiring and energy star appliances

Rent: $790/month, with security deposit, Credit Check/Rental References
Call or Text Ailish to view this apartment: 917-783-9489

 

26 Central St, 2nd Floor—Downtown Millinocket - RENTED

26Central2 photos3Be the first tenant to enjoy this newly renovated 2-3-bedroom apartment. High ceilings, bright and sunny space. This apartment just received a complete renovation including new floors, windows, bathroom, and more. Brand new kitchen with stainless steel appliances. In addition, the apartment has its own private sun porch where you will be able to sit and watch the morning sunrise or enjoy a summer evening.

  • Large 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment
  • Modern space with bright light
  • Central street location, downtown
  • Large family kitchen
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Newly renovated bathroom
  • New windows
  • High ceilings
  • New floors
  • Exposed Brick Chimney
  • Clawfoot bathtub
  • New Automated Wood Heat boiler/heating system
  • Use of garage for bike, kayak or snowmobile storage
  • Pets considered on a case-by-case basis

Rent: $795/month, with security deposit, Credit Check/Rental References
Call or Text Ailish to view this apartment:  917-783-9489

 

26 Central St., 1st Floor—Downtown Millinocket - RENTED

26 Central Street 1st Floor

Adjacent to Michaud Walking Trail and Millinocket Stream. High ceilings, bright and sunny space.

This apartment just received a complete renovation including new floors, windows, bathroom, and more. Brand new kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

In addition, the apartment has its own private porch where you will be able to sit and enjoy a morning coffee or evening breeze.

 

  • Large 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment
  • Modern space with bright light
  • Central street location, downtown
  • Large family kitchen
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Newly renovated bathroom
  • New windows
  • High ceilings
  • New floors
  • Exposed Brick Chimney
  • Large, walk-in shower
  • New Automated Wood Heat boiler/heating system
  • Use of garage for bike, kayak or snowmobile storage
  • Pets considered on a case-by-case basis

Rent: $795/month, with security deposit, Credit Check/Rental References

This Apartment is Rented.

100 KatahdinThe Northern Forest Center has successfully reached its initial goal of raising $1 million in investments for its Millinocket Housing Initiative Fund and has put the money to work directly in the community. The Center created the Millinocket Housing Initiative Fund, its first social and economic impact investment fund, to create quality homes for people who want to make a future in Millinocket.

Only two years after the launch of the fund, the Center has purchased six buildings and renovated five, turning dilapidated downtown properties into comfortable, high quality homes. 

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“We owe our success to the generous investors who stand with us in supporting the future of Millinocket,” said Center President Rob Riley. “We’re seeing great enthusiasm by individuals and foundations who want to make impact investments to advance the revitalization of our rural communities.” 

Three of the completed renovations were extensive, reconfiguring the living spaces, replacing all windows and insulation, and replacing a roof. In February, the Center began a top-to-bottom renovation on the sixth property at 100 Katahdin Avenue, a grand but long-abandoned home on Veteran’s Park within an easy walk to downtown stores, the elementary school and the library. 

The Center’s most ambitious Millinocket renovation project to date, the 100 Katahdin Avenue project will reconfigure the building from five apartments to three. McLaughlin Builders of Medway, Maine, is heading up reconstruction of the building and expects to complete work by August.

Housing is one piece of the Center’s broader strategy to support a strong and diversified economic future.  The Center is also helping to bring tax credit financing to the Millinocket Memorial Library and working with the local group Our Katahdin to do the same for the mill site; supporting development and improvement of recreational trails; managing building renovations; and helping convert buildings to wood pellet heat.

“The Fund has enabled the Center to fill a critical need in Millinocket, but we’re nowhere near done,” said Riley, who announced that the Center is raising additional capital to focus on commercial real estate redevelopment. The Center is also raising funds for community investment in Lancaster, N.H. The Center is paying interest to investors in the funds and will repay the capital at the end of the investment term. 

The Center welcomes inquiries from people who would like to support Millinocket’s revitalization efforts. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information, or make a donation via the Center’s website or by mail to 18 N. Main Street, Concord, NH 03301.

Top photo: renovations underway at 100 Katahdin. Bottom photo: Completed renovations at 26 Central Street. 

Background

Millinocket's economy declined steadily after Great Northern paper mill closed in 2008, eliminating the source of jobs that had created the town and which drove the local economy. Over the years, the town's population declined and home values plummeted, leaving blighted neighborhoods and discouraging investment in residential improvements.

Recent initiatives, including the designation of the national monument, are stimulating Millinocket's economy, yet employers and others in the community have told us there is a real need to improve the quality and condition of in-town homes available for people who want to be part of the town's renaissance.

The Center may acquire and renovate up to 10 homes in Millinocket, and as of January 2018 had purchased six properties. To inquire about selling properties or rental opportunities, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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We believe good quality housing is crucial to attract professionals to new job opportunities, to provide seasonal rentals for workers in the recreational industry as it grows, and to complement revitalization activities downtown and at the former mill site. Our program will also ensure that at least some of Millinocket's vacant housing will be quickly renovated and available, rather than caught up in any rise in real estate speculation.

Read the latest updates about $1 million in capital investments successfully raised for the Millinocket Housing Initiative.

In 2017, the Center began investing deeply in Millinocket, a former mill town in central Maine. The closure of its paper mill in 2008 brought population and economic decline to the town, but the last two years have put Millinocket on the upswing. Thanks to significant private investment in recreation amenities and area businesses, new ownership of the former mill site, a new national monument, and increasing leadership by a new generation of entrepreneurs and other residents, there is increasing promise for the “Magic City.”

To help Millinocket make the most of its new opportunities, the Center has:

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  • Improved the quality of downtown housing: Launched the Millinocket Housing Initiative to increase the quality of housing to support community revitalization. The Center purchased and renovated 5 homes in the downtown core, and we're working on the 6th, our most ambitious renovation in Millinocket. Our goal is to improve local housing options, revitalize neighborhoods, and motivate other owners to invest in their properties—to benefit people living and working in the community.

  • Supported the library renovation: Facilitated a New Markets Tax Credit financing of the Millinocket Memorial Library renovation project, provding more than $550,000 in funding for the visionary reinvention of this key community resource. Read more about the project.

  • Expanded internet access: Provided seed funding and secured wider financial support to install a WiFi hotspot on Penobscot Avenue, Millinocket’s main street, to provide internet access to visitors and residents in an area not covered by all cellular carriers.

  • Invested in tourism-related businesses: Provided digital marketing training for 20 small tourism-related businesses in the Katahdin region, helping to connect them to visitors relying on cell phones and other mobile devices for information.

  • Advanced Automated Wood Heat: Created an incentive program to help home and business owners convert to high-efficiency wood pellet stoves or whole-home wood boilers so they can use locally sourced wood pellet heat instead of oil. A dozen more Katahdin area families are now comfortably heating with wood

In Lancaster, NH, a 3,500-person town on the Connecticut River in northern New Hampshire, we’ve been working with an advisory group to identify projects where Center staff and expertise can add to local resources to deliver results. Since 2018, the Center has:

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  • Purchased the historic Parker J. Noyes building to redevelop as new commercial space for the Root Seller Marketplace, as well as modern apartments on the upper floors.
  • Supported destination development by publishing a brochure, in partnership with Northern Gateway Chamber of Commerce, that highlights Lancaster's easy access to great hiking.
  • Promoted local recreation: Created a new brochure to promote Lancaster’s easy access to hiking, swimming, biking, fishing and other outdoor activities for visitors and local audiences. Welcome to Lancaster is a free brochure and map that highlights a dozen easy-access opportunities for outdoor fun. The Northern Gateway Hiking Challenge lays out six Lancaster-area hikes and the Hiking Challenge created by the Northern Gateway Chamber of Commerce (map will be available online soon).
  • Invested in local energy savings: Helped create and secure funding for a new community energy program to conduct energy audits and offer home improvement support. Advanced Automated Wood Heat: Secured funding to help install a commercial wood-pellet boiler to heat the local movie theater.
  • Invested in business development: Provided in-person training for local business owners to help them improve their internet marketing presence, and produced a video to extend the training to others.
  • Provided coordinated technical assistance: We are currently helping develop a plan for improvements to public infrastructure, supporting stronger business coordination and communication, and creating partnerships with non-profits to advance other priority projects in the community.

Adding our organizational skills to Lancaster’s own, sharing ideas, and leveraging new resources into the community have secured clear benefits that help make the town more vibrant and more attractive to potential new residents.