NewHeight Group is a Maine-based real estate development and services firm with decades of experience in the residential (affordable and market-rate), hotel, office, and retail industries. More than a company, it’s a group of people committed to elevating lifestyles, transforming communities, and, ultimately, making Maine an even better place to live.

Chip Newell, Susan Morris, Erin Cooperrider and Emily McConnell offer decades of experience that span all aspects of development including site acquisition, zoning and permitting, financing, design and construction, and marketing and sales. They have proven track records in condo design, construction, and community building in Portland, Maine, and cities throughout the United States.

Being successful in today’s market calls for understanding lifestyle—balancing work, life, and play, the team offers a unique, fusionist approach to development. In other words, focusing on how people live today, NewHeight Group:

  • Pays keen attention to changing trends in day-to-day lifestyle habits, work styles, and leisure activities
  • Relates implications of these trends to real estate development
  • Creates strategies and products to leverage new and emerging lifestyle trends

Chip, Susan, Erin, and Emily engage whole-heartedly in every project they undertake from start to finish, always keeping the client and community front and center. In addition to designing spaces that enhance people’s individual lives, the team lends its time, talents, and resources to support Maine’s startups and entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and arts organizations.

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S. P. (Chip) Newell and Susan Morris are founders of NewHeight Group, with more than 30 years of experience in the residential, hotel, office and retail industries.

Meet the NewHeight Group team

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The team, at the Luminato site while under construction.

Susan Morris

susan_headshotSusan V. Morris provides customer insights, marketing, branding and business strategy to real estate endeavors from conception to fruition. Her focus as a sociologist is on the rapidly changing ways in which people live their daily lives, get their work done and play in today’s world.

Born and raised in Canada, Susan worked for 20 years in the hospitality industry, including 13 years launching hotels for Marriott International.
She has expertise in residential communities, hotels, tourism destinations and office environments  … read more >

Chip Newell

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Stewart P. (Chip) Newell has been in a principal position in the real estate development business for over 30 years. He has been associated with residential, communities, hotels, office buildings and retail real estate. These days, Chip gives much of his time to non profits in Maine. He is on the board of CEI and CVI, the board and Treasurer of the Maine Center of Economic Development (MECEP), board and Treasurer of Community Housing of Maine (CHOM) and serves on the Maine Community Foundation Cumberland County Committee. He is also on the board of New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). … read more >

Erin Cooperrider

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Erin Cooperrider is one of Maine’s most creative affordable housing developers, having successfully completed projects large and small, in both urban and rural places, including several islands. She has combined the. requirements of a Certified Historic Restoration and the requirements of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in a nationally recognized… read more >

Tom Federle

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Tom Federle is a principal of NewHeight Group as well as principal of Federle Law based in Portland. Practicing since 1996, Tom has successfully represented municipalities, businesses, associations and individuals in Maine’s District, Superior and Supreme Courts, before Maine’s regulatory agencies, before municipal planning and zoning boards, and before… read more >

Emily McConnell


Emily comes to NewHeight Group with over eight years of experience with Maine Home+Design and Maine magazines, culminating in the role of Assistant Publisher. She worked closely with the Publisher/President to manage the back offices of all of the companies under Maine Media Collective ownership.  She brings to NewHeight Group extensive experience in bookkeeping, budgeting, financial analysis, problem solving, and customer service. She also worked at Maxim Healthcare Services and MBNA/Bank of America, specializing in… read more>