After the public-private partnership success of Birch Hill, Developers Collaborative and the Lewiston Housing Authority partnered again to continue meeting the housing development needs of Lewiston. At the same time, one of downtown’s most iconic and endangered historic buildings was preserved. For decades, the Healy Asylum was a Catholic children’s home. Originally built in the 1890s for about 100 residents, it was expanded during the Great Depression to house up to 350 children. Over the ensuing years it fell into disuse until DC transformed it into Healy Terrace, consisting of 32 affordable elderly apartment units. The unit mix includes 26 one-bedroom units, and 6 two-bedroom units, with 17 units fully handicapped accessible. Healy Terrace was a 2012 Maine Preservation Honor Award winner and built upon the success of Gilman Place, establishing DC as a leader in the state as a historic tax credit developer.
Healy Asylum was originally named after Reverend James Healy, who was Bishop of Maine from 1875 to 1900 and was America’s first African American bishop. There would not be another in the country until after the Civil Rights Act, in 1966.