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Shelburne housing project receives donation

Source: Burlington FreePress, 6/21/11, by Elliot deBruyn “SHELBURNE — Five-thousand dollars wouldn’t usually make a big splash in a multi-million-dollar housing project’s finance pool, but Chris Donnelly sees it as integral to the program. Donnelly is the director of community relations for the Champlain Housing Trust, which just received that amount from the SCHIP Treasure Resale Shop in Shelburne. “It’s so helpful for us, especially as other sources have started to dry up,” Donnelly said. “It’s good that local people have come forward to help.” Although the majority of funding for building projects comes from private investment, Donnelly said between 30 percent and 40 percent comes from grants or is borrowed. “It helps us cover pre-development costs for a project that we’re in the planning stages for,” he said. That project is called Harrington Village, and it follows on the heels of a scrapped affordable housing plan called Shelburnewood that Green Mountain Development Group abandoned in March of last year. Hurdles for the previous plan included concerns about traffic and space, and mixed signals from the Development Review Board, according to the group. The new project aims to provide affordable housing for Shelburne residents while addressing the problems of the last project, said Pat Nestork, a member of SCHIP’s board of trustees. Nestork said this project has a better chance of success and is worthy of the grant…” Full Story: Shelburne housing project receives donation PDF of Story: Shelburne housing project receives donation

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