Team

A mixed‑use development as unique as The Downs requires a team with exceptional vision and a commitment to preserving the natural surroundings, while creating a live‑work‑play environment for the future.

Developer

Crossroads Holdings LLC

The General Contractor team for The Downs consists of Rocco Risbara III, William Risbara, Marc Risbara, Peter Michaud, and Richard Michaud. Together, we bring a deep background of Southern Maine construction, development, and business to this project. The Risbara family business, Risbara Bros., is a second-generation full service residential and commercial construction company that has been instrumental in several major Southern Maine real estate developments. The Michaud brothers’ business background provides us with a unique understanding of our commercial tenants and partners’ needs. The Risbara’s and Michaud’s are founders and co-owners of multiple Scarborough-based companies including Maine Properties LLC, Southern Maine Remodeling and M & R Holdings. We are all Scarborough residents, and are committed to creating a high-quality product and a true Town Center here in our community.

Rocco Risbara

Rocco (Roccy) Risbara III is a partner in the Downs Project, as well as Partner and President for Risbara Bros. Construction Co., Southern Maine Remodeling, and Managing Partner for M&R Holdings, LLC and Maine Properties, LLC.

Roccy, along with his brothers, takes great pride in the accomplishments of their family business endeavors. 2020 marks the 52nd Anniversary for Risbara Bros. Construction, and the 39th year of operation for Maine Properties, LLC.

With four decades of experience in residential and commercial construction, Roccy knows every aspect of the business. Often working “behind the scenes”, his vast project management experience includes residential homes, condominiums, apartments, and a substantial number of commercial properties including banks, credit unions and other businesses.

Roccy is passionate about the positive impact his long‑standing successful family business has on his community, offering employment opportunities for Maine families and supporting ongoing growth and development.

A lifelong resident of Scarborough, Roccy married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jane, and they settled down together to raise four children, Maria, Rocco IV, John, and Margaret. They recently welcomed their first grandchild to the family, Henry, age 1.

William Risbara

William (Bill) Risbara, a partner in the Downs Project, is also Partner and Treasurer for Risbara Bros. Construction Co., and Partner of Maine Properties, LLC, Southern Maine Remodeling, and M&R Holdings, LLC.

With over 35 years of construction and development experience and expertise, Bill’s successful projects range from single family homes to large scale apartments and commercial projects.

Bill, along with his brothers, takes great pride in the accomplishments of their family business endeavors.

A native of Southern Maine, Bill is committed to the positive growth of his community. His recent projects include Blue Spruce Farms Apartments, Waterside Apartments, Island View Apartments, and Autumn Woods Apartments in Westbrook, as well as Carrier Woods Apartments and the Town and Country Federal Credit Union Headquarters in Scarborough.

Bill is a lifelong resident of Scarborough, where he lives with his wife, Lisa, and where they raised their children Ashley and Garrett. He enjoys fishing and hunting, and spending time with his grandson, Crew, age 5. Bill is a graduate of Cheverus High School.

Marc Risbara

Marc Risbara is a partner in the Downs Project, as well as Partner and Vice President for Risbara Bros. Construction Co., partner for M&R Holdings, LLC, Southern Maine Remodeling, and Maine Properties, LLC.

Marc grew up working in the family business, having started running heavy equipment at a very early age, but his interest has been more site work focused. For the last 30 years he has headed up the earthwork and site development aspect of the business. He is involved in the land purchases and also has an in-depth knowledge of underground utilities and infrastructures. He has had hands on involvement with hundreds of successful builds, both residential and commercial.

Marc is a lifelong resident of Scarborough, where he also raised his three children, Marco, Marisa, and Serina. His love for the outdoors comes through in every aspect of his life. Marc, along with his fiancé Tina love to travel, hike, and snowmobile.

Peter Michaud

Peter Michaud, a partner in the Downs Project, is also Managing Partner for Maine Properties, LLC, Southern Maine Remodeling and M&R Holdings, LLC. He has a strong background and experience in real estate development, entrepreneurial expertise and strategic planning and acquisitions.

Peter grew up working in the family business and joined his father and brother in their startup distribution company just after college. After learning the business from the ground up, Peter would go on to serve as Chief Executive Officer. His entrepreneurial spirit and strategic management of development and acquisitions led the company through exponential growth from a small startup into a multimillion dollar business. The company’s merger with a major international entity brought Peter to a corporate leadership role as President, overseeing a multibillion dollar business with outstanding results.

A native of Southern Maine, Peter is actively involved in the development of his community. His recent projects include the building and design of a large distribution center in Saco, two commercial buildings in the Scarborough Industrial Park, and, most recently, several apartment complexes in Westbrook and Scarborough.

Peter lives in Scarborough with his wife, Terry, where they raised their two children, Jake and Emily. He is active as a board member and in the fundraising efforts for several charitable organizations which serve his local community. Peter holds a degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Richard Michaud

Richard Michaud, Jr., a partner in the Downs Project, is also Partner for Maine Properties, LLC, Southern Maine Remodeling, and M&R Holdings, LLC. With a solid background in corporate operations and executive management, he recently retired from his role as Vice President, Sales Operations Strategies for a prominent international manufacturing and distribution company.

Richard’s career began at age 17, when he, along with his father and brother, started a single truck distribution company out of his family’s garage. They would go on to grow that small startup company into a thriving operation with a network of distribution centers serving multiple states and employing 200 people. When their company entered into a partnership with a larger corporate entity, Richard took on a leadership role to manage logistics, operations and development for 120 distribution centers in a multibillion dollar international operation with exceptional results.

A native of Southern Maine, Richard’s passion for his community has fueled his interest and involvement in local development projects, including the design and execution of a large distribution center in Saco, two commercial buildings in the Scarborough Industrial Park, and, most recently, several apartment complexes in Westbrook.

Richard resides in Scarborough with his partner, Susan, where he raised his three children, Chelsey, Kathryn, and Michael. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys fishing and hunting. He is actively engaged in his community, serving on the Board for several nonprofit organizations.

Architects

ALA Landscape Architecture + Urban Design

ALA is a process-driven, landscape architecture and urban design firm committed to thoughtful, creative intervention at the intersection of environment, economics, art, and culture. ALA was founded on the principle that great design is a product of careful listening, inclusive decision-making, and unrelenting passion for enduring built spaces.

Caleb Johnson Architects

Caleb Johnson Studio is an award-winning team of custom architects and builders based in Maine. The firm creates residential and commercial spaces that are informed by ambition, timeless character, and intentional materials.

Gorrill Palmer Consulting Engineers Inc.

Gorrill Palmer is an integrated land development, transportation and municipal engineering firm. We have been providing quality professional service to clients throughout New England since 1998 and the Mid-Atlantic area since 2013. Since our founding, Gorrill Palmer has been consistently recognized for our expertise, experience, and responsiveness, resulting in outstanding value for our clients. At Gorrill Palmer, we have created a work environment built upon integrity, skill and service. Our team includes individuals with expertise in transportation planning and engineering, municipal engineering, land development, site design, project permitting and construction observation.

General Contractors

Risbara Bros.

Risbara Bros. Construction Company Inc. specializes in high-quality, industry-leading construction of new commercial and residential properties, renovation of existing properties, earthwork and site development. From initial plans to project completion, our expert team works closely with each client to create a rewarding experience. Using the latest in building technology, methods and materials, we pay close attention to every detail to ensure that we meet the expectations and particular needs of all our clients.

M&R Holdings, LLC.

As Development Director for M&R Holdings, Dan manages and directs the overall development programs, designs and investments for the company. His responsibilities include working with end-users, development planning and design, permitting and related pre-construction management and services. Dan has an extensive background in planning, design and permitting and has worked as a public sector planning director as well as private consultant and holds a Bachelors degree from St. Lawrence University and a Masters degree in Planning from the University of Massachusetts. He lives in Freeport with his wife Kate and two children Hannah and Charlie.

Residential Brokers

Signature Homes Real Estate Group

The Scoville Foley Team of Signature Homes Real Estate Group has over 50 years’ experience combined. Signature Homes Real Estate Group is a locally owned, boutique agency focused on the highest level of professionalism, integrity and customer service. We have the same global reach as larger agencies, giving our clients the maximum level of attention. Our agency includes brokers and agents dedicated to comprehensive market knowledge, effective negotiation skills, high quality customer service and advocacy with proven results.

Commercial Brokers

Boulos Company

The Boulos Company is a commercial real estate firm dedicated to serving owners, investors, and tenants, blending Maine and New Hampshire market knowledge with a national and regional perspective through our SIOR and CCIM relationships. They, along with Boulos Asset Management, offer a full array of services including leasing and sales; property, facilities, project, and investment management; valuation, appraisal, research, investment strategy, and consulting.

Management & Leasing

Maine Properties

Built on a foundation of experience, expertise and superior service, Maine Properties continues to the first choice of property owners, associations, and individual homeowners from York to Brunswick and beyond. Through four specialized divisions, Rental Management, Condominium Management, Remodeling and Maintenance, Maine Properties has been providing a comprehensive range of services that are tailored to each of their valued clients since 1981.

Press & Media

Black Fly Media

Founded in 2008, Black Fly Media is full-service public relations and video production house based in South Portland, Maine. The fast-growing team has worked for the nation’s top ad agencies and inside New England’s busiest newsrooms – interviewing American Presidents; media training Fortune 500 CEOs; creating Emmy-winning video content; and earning national and local media headlines across the country. Black Fly Media develops content and public relations campaigns that regularly shape public perception of important people, places and issues, both here in Maine and away.

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