Bridging the Gap: Workforce Housing and Community Growth with Paul Peck

Welcome to another engaging episode of Housing Matters, the podcast that dives deep into the world of housing and development in our state. I'm your host, Matt Pouliot of Pouliot Real Estate, and today, we have a special guest joining us: Paul Peck, a distinguished real estate developer, attorney, and key figure in Maine's housing community.

In this episode, Paul shares his unique journey into real estate development, from his early days in Connecticut, influenced by his family's millwork company, to becoming a prominent developer in Maine. We explore Paul's multifaceted career, which includes his roles as a board member and chair of the Public Policy Committee with the Maine Real Estate Development Association (MEREDA), and as the vice president of the Western Maine Mountains Housing, a nonprofit dedicated to workforce housing.

Paul discusses the challenges and rewards of balancing his legal practice with his passion for development, and the importance of housing initiatives to our communities. He provides insights into the intricacies of zoning laws, the impact of interest rates on construction, and the crucial need for affordable housing in our state.

We also delve into Paul's various projects, from his first house in Falmouth to the successful Timbers project at Sugarloaf, and his involvement in assisted living facilities and apartment buildings in Portland. Paul candidly shares the hurdles faced in these developments, including opposition from local communities and the complexities of navigating zoning regulations.

Join us as we unpack the critical issues surrounding housing development, the misconceptions about developers, and the future of affordable housing in Maine. Whether you're a budding developer, a seasoned professional, or simply interested in the housing market, this episode offers valuable insights and a compelling narrative about the state of housing today.

Stay tuned for more episodes of Housing Matters, where we continue to explore the vital topic of housing and development with experts and leaders in the field. Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!

You can contact Paul Peck at Paul@lwsdevelopment.com and visit our website for additional resources and episodes: www.pouliotrealestate.com. Thank you for listening, and remember, housing matters!

 

Discussion

#1 By Sarah Sturtevant at 6/16/2024 4:06 AM

Great podcast! Thanks for touching on so many important aspects including small and modular construction. One more call out for industry groups - Maine Affordable Housing Coalition (MAHC) at mainehousingcoalition.org. “Why is it so expensive to build affordable housing in Maine” is a new research piece coming out shortly

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