Gov. Scott Announces $525,000 Grant to Support New Housing

Last Friday, Governor Phil Scott joined local, state and federal partners to announce a $525,000 community development grant to the City of South Burlington. The funds will support City Center Senior Housing – 39 units of affordable senior housing located in the City’s Tax Increment Finance District (TIF).

Private developers Chris Snyder and Kevin Braverman will join forces with Cathedral Square, a non-profit affordable housing provider, to build new senior housing on Market Street. This is the first of many proposed projects located in South Burlington’s new City Center. South Burlington voters approved the creation of a TIF District in 2012 and in 2016 approved the resulting $5 million bond issue to upgrade Market Street with sidewalks, utilities and infrastructure to support more housing and commercial development and create Dumont Park.

“This project would not be possible without the use of tax increment financing. It is a valuable development tool for communities, like South Burlington, to use in revitalizing their downtowns and village centers,” said Gov. Scott. “Tax increment financing has demonstrated benefits to supporting the type of development projects we need to make housing more affordable for all.”

The $525,000 Vermont Community Development Program grant awarded to the City of South Burlington is one of many competitive awards made from the State’s federal allocation of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The State awards approximately $7 million annually in competitive grants through its Department of Housing and Community Development. The CDBG grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Vermont’s congressional delegation has been steadfast in supporting the funding that makes this program possible.

Read more on the project from VTDigger.

Watch the report on WCAX.

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