An artist’s rendering of the exterior of one of the 24-unit luxury apartment buildings planned for Kittyhawk Apartments near Exit 75 in Auburn by Sasseville Management LLC. Submitted photo

AUBURN — City officials announced a developer’s plan on Tuesday to add 48 luxury apartment units to the Kittyhawk Apartments complex, near Exit 75 off Interstate 95.

The one-and two-bedroom apartments, in two 24-unit buildings, will feature 9-foot ceilings, a private balcony or patio and, for some, garages.

“We have 200-plus standard, market-rate units — we just thought we would step up our game a bit,” said Aaron Sasseville, Sasseville Management’s director of operations.

Sasseville Management built both The Highlands, a 144-unit complex on Center Street, and Kittyhawk, with 72 units on Tailwind Court, in the late 1980s-early 1990s.

Rental interest has been strong.

“We are seeing more people coming north because of what’s happened in the rental market in Portland, and because of our location, folks have the ability to work in the Portland area or the Augusta area and live in Auburn,” Sasseville said.

Eric Cousens, the city’s director of planning and permitting, said when Sasseville Management first built Kittyhawk, it was approved at the time for four additional 24-unit buildings.

The exteriors with the new high-end units “are proposed to be similar to the existing buildings,” he said.

Units will range in size from roughly 800-square feet for a one bedroom, one bathroom and 1,150-square feet for a two bedroom, two bathroom. Approximately 10 will have garages.

They’re expected to be ready for tenants in Spring 2023.

“We’re a very small, family-owned and operated management company and we haven’t done any construction in a lot of years but we’re very, very excited,” Sasseville said. “The location and the growth that Auburn is seeing, the timing seems perfect.”

The company hasn’t yet set rental prices for the new units, he said.


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