What once was a vacant lot on Fairground Road in Brattleboro is now home to 55 elderly and disabled residents. The project, which is co-owned by Housing Vermont and Brattleboro Housing Partnerships, comes as part of an effort to relocate residents of Melrose Terrace, which is to be demolished in order to mitigate flooding risks.
The building is flush with communal spaces and incorporates many suggestions made by community members during the construction process. Each floor has a different theme and color scheme in order to help residents orient themselves; all of the walls are adorned with railings to help residents with mobility issues get around.
The project received a $5.5 million loan from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with $7.5 million in equity from People’s United Bank that came from the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. Other financial partners included VHCB, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, Efficiency Vermont, and Housing Vermont.