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Putney Landing & Noyes House – Summer 2017

Project Overview:   The Housing Trust has identified an open land parcel in Putney, currently known as the “Newman Hall” site (48 Old Depot Road), and is proposing to build 18 apartments on that parcel.  To be called “Putney Landing”, the 5.6 acre parcel has a “rural” feel, yet is at the edge of the village—close to shopping, the library, the Coop and General Store, and other amenities. The 18 affordable apartments created will be great opportunities for working individuals and families, as well as retired citizens, and will help to address a proven demand. The design, with a mix of townhouses and flats, is very “residential” in scale—apartments have front and back door, patios, and green space.  Two of the apartments (a 1BR and a 2BR) will be designed to be fully accessible.

Putney Landing NoyesThis project also includes the purchase and renovation of the very historic Noyes House on Kimball Hill in Putney.   Standing prominently atop Kimball Hill, the Noyes house is distinguished both by its architecture and its history.  The home was occupied around 1846 by John Patrick Noyes, who went on to found the internationally known Oneida utopian community and silverware industry in Oneida, New York. The Noyes House has been owned by Putney Cares and managed by WWHT for the past 12 years.  Putney Cares approached WWHT about taking full ownership of the house (WWHT already owns the underlying property) so that it will be preserved as affordable housing.   Putney Cares would continue to operate out of its “Activities Barn” adjacent to the Noyes House.

While the home is currently configured as 8 single rooms, with shared kitchen and bath facilities, the renovation will create 4 one-bedroom apartments and 3 single rooms, with one of the apartments and all three single rooms designed for full accessibility.  Residents will have the ability to share in the care and use of flower and vegetable gardens on the 1.3 acre village parcel.

Units: 25 units (22 apartments and 3 single rooms)

Development Partner:  Housing Vermont

Project Schedule:  Construction to start summer 2017

Architect: Steven Schenker, S2 Architecture

Civil Engineer:  Stevens & Associates

General Contractor: TBD

Brattleboro Neighborhood Housing (PE III) – Complete!

Canal

The Victoria
13 Canal Street
Brattleboro

In the fall of 2015, WWHT began a round of renovations to five Brattleboro properties that were some of the first we purchased and renovated in the late 1980s and 1990s.  Some of the properties were built originally as multifamily housing, like 11 Cross and 13 Canal (the Victoria), and others were renovated from single family houses.  All have been providing great housing for years, but it was time to spruce up the properties inside and out, as well as take measures to reduce energy usage and operating costs.  We are pleased to maintain these great in-town housing opportunities!

Units:  29 apartments (1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments)

Timeline:  Began construction fall 2015; completed December 2016

General Partner: Windham & Windsor Housing Trust

Architect:  NBF Architects

General Contractor:  VMS

Evergreen Heights, Springfield – Complete!

Evergreen

Evergreen Heights
Springfield

Project Overview: Built in 1981, Evergreen Heights—located on Will Dean Road in Springfield—has 44 apartments in six buildings on 8.2 acres.  WWHT and Housing Vermont purchased Evergreen Heights from the original developer, Springfield  Associations (the late Emil Legere), in November 2015. Other than code-required improvements, major renovations are not planned for a number of years. Because the buildings have electric heat systems, there is an opportunity to test new technologies.  Last spring we installed air source heat pumps in one of the buildings, so that we can monitor/measure their performance against the older systems in the other buildings.  We hope to use this direct comparison information to then improve the efficiency of the other five buildings, as well as to improve energy efficiency in other affordable housing communities in Vermont.

Units: 44 apartments (eight 1BR, thirty-one 2BR & five 3BR units)

Time Frame: Completed July 2016

Development Partner:  Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (WWHT) and Housing Vermont

Architect:  Steven Schenker, S2 Architecture

General Contractor: VMS Construction

Black River Overlook, Ludlow – Complete!

Black River

Black River Overlook
Ludlow

Black River Overlook sits on 12 acres of land, one-half mile north of Ludlow village.  Windham & Windsor Housing Trust owns the property with Housing Vermont, a statewide nonprofit.  The 22 apartments in four buildings have been completely renovated, with new kitchens, baths, appliances, siding, windows, and doors.  Energy efficiency measures include a central pellet boiler, energy efficient light fixtures, insulation and weatherization. Site work included driveways, parking lots, walkways, lighting, and a playground area to be installed in the spring. Additional project-based rental assistance will enhance the affordability of the apartments even further, making this a great resource for Ludlow individuals and families for many years to come.

Units:  22 apartments (1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments)

Timeline:  Completed November 2015 (playground & landscaping spring 2016)

General Partner:  Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (WWHT) and Housing Vermont

Architect:  S2 Architecture

General Contractor:  Naylor & Breen

WWHT Portfolio Enhancement Phase II – Complete!

This renovation project of three properties in Putney and Brattleboro involved restoring a historic home to its former glory, as well as providing significant energy enhancements, and paint and finishes inside and out to all three turn-of-the century buildings.

14 Birge Street, Brattleboro (6 apartments)

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Harold Tier House
14 Birge Street
Brattleboro

14 Birge Street, built circa 1880, is located in a residential neighborhood within walking distance of downtown.  Also known as “The Harold Tier House for the Deaf”, the buildingprovides Deaf individuals and families with specialized equipment, including visual doorbells and smoke-detectors, and also houses hearing residents.  The building was first purchased and renovated by WWHT in 1993.

21 Horton Place, Brattleboro (8 “single room occupancy” rooms and one resident manager apt)

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21 Horton Place
Brattleboro

21 Horton Place, purchased by WWHT in 1999, is located just off of Canal Street near the downtown district. The building was built circa 1905 in a Queen Anne style, with distinctive front and side porches, decorative shingle work, and a slate roof. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing resource in the Homestead-Horton Neighborhood Historic District.  The building provides seven individual rooms to rent, with shared kitchen facilities, bathrooms, and a common living area, as well as one apartment for the resident manager.

 27 Old Depot Road, Putney (6.3 acre; 11 Apartments–5 one-bedroom, 4 two-bedroom, and 2 three bedroom)

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Laura Plantz House
27 Old Depot Road
Putney

27 Old Depot Road was built circa 1900 by Dr. Laura Plantz, the first female medical practitioner in Vermont. The distinctive two and one-half story building with its original two-story rear ell and attached former barn, slate roofing, twin chimneys and an unusual slate-sided cupola was modified c. 1950 when the building belonged to Windham College. It is located within the Putney Village Historic District, which was listed in the National Register on February 20, 1986. While maintaining the historic features, WWHT will undertake much needed structural work, upgrades for heating, plumbing and electrical systems, and energy efficiency measures, including new windows and a pellet boiler.

Town: Brattleboro & Putney

Units: 25 apts (7 SRO/efficiency,6 one-bedroom, 7 two-bedroom, and 4 three-bedroom)

Timeline:  Construction began in November, 2014, completed in August 2015

General Partner: Windham & Windsor Housing Trust

Architect: NBF Architect

General Contractor: DEW MacMillin 

 

WWHT Portfolio Enhancement Phase I – Complete!

Laterre House, 24 E Main Street, Wilmington

Laterre House
24 East Main Street
Wilmington

Cobblestone 34 Canal Street Brattleboro

Cobblestone
34 Canal Street
Brattleboro

The Portfolio Enhancement Housing Project (PEI) was a 29 apartment, scattered site project involving the energy upgrades and general “spruce up” of 5 WWHT properties. Some of the earliest buildings purchased by WWHT were beginning to show their age; their upkeep and energy costs were increasingly expensive to maintain. It was time to replace the kitchens and flooring, refinish the floors, improve curb appeal, and improve energy efficiency.

218 Elliot Street Brattleboro

218 Elliot Street
Brattleboro

Each rehabilitation will began with an energy audit to guide construction plans and specifications. The work will ranged from modest replacements (flooring, roofs, furnaces, etc.) to substantial rehabilitation. In most cases, kitchen cabinets, counters, bath fixtures, flooring, roofs and light fixtures were be replaced; porches and foundations were shored up where needed. Sidewalks were replaced, enhancing accessibility, and yards and driveways were spruced up. In some buildings, a common laundry room was added. All the buildings got a new coat of paint, inside and out. In recent years, we’ve reduced energy consumption on our projects by 32% on average through upgrades.

59 Frost Street Brattleboro

59 Frost Street, Brattleboro

66 Washington Street Brattleboro

66 Washington Street
Brattleboro

We’ve added solar domestic hot water panels, and done aggressive weatherization and insulation, at times replacing older windows. We’ve installed pellet boilers, and recently—in Algiers—we installed our first photovoltaic panels for electricity. We’ve reduced our average annual per-unit oil consumption rate to 200 gallons… which helps us keep our apartments affordable!

Town: Brattleboro & Wilmington

Units: 29 apts (10 SRO/efficiency, 8 one-BR, 7 two-BR, and 4 three-BR)

Timeline: Construction began in early 2014 and will be finished in the fall of 2014.

The buildings and their story: These buildings were built in the late 1800s and purchased by WWHT in the 1990s. They are all great sources of in-town, affordable housing.

General Partner: J.D. Kantor, Inc.

Architect & Engineer Firm: Arnold & Scangas Architects

General Contractor: TBD

Algiers Family Housing – Complete!

Algiers Family Housing, Guilford
Algiers Family Housing, Guilford

The Algiers Village Housing project is a new construction project in Guilford. It includes two buildings: a 15 unit building at 91 Guilford Center Road, and a duplex at 71 Guilford Center Road. In addition to the housing project, there are two concurrent projects which are related but have been managed and financed separately: the Brownfield cleanup on the warehouse lot, and a new municipal water system extension from Brattleboro.  Find more information about the Algiers Village project in WWHT’s Spring 2012 Newsletter. 

Town: Guilford

Units: 17 units (7 one-bedrooms, 9 two-bedrooms, and 1 three-bedroom)

Timeline: Project began in July 2012, and was completed this past summer.

Unique Features: The long awaited next phase in a multi-faceted community-driven village revitalization project, the Algiers Village Housing project redevelops an abandoned warehouse parcel in the center of the village.

The economic viability of Algiers Village has ebbed and flowed for over 200 years, however throughout that time period a consistent settlement pattern has emerged, anchored by eight historic structures in the village area. When the Friends of Algiers Village group began their work 10 years ago they envisioned a vibrant village area which would encompass a retail store (Guilford General Store), a restaurant, service related businesses, and mixed income housing.  Now this vision is being realized.

General Partner: Housing Vermont

Architect: Duncan Wisniewski Architecture

General Contractor: Ingram Construction Corporation

Engineer: Stevens & Associates

Special Appreciation: Friends of Algiers Village, Town of Guilford, Windham Regional Commission

Red Maple & Evergreen Mobile Home Parks – Complete!

Evergreen Mobile Home Park, Bellows Falls

Red Maple & Evergreen Mobile Home Parks were recently purchased by WWHT and represent important housing stock in Springfield and Bellows Falls. This rehabilitation project addresses landscaping and infrastructure improvements in the two mobile home parks. 

Towns: Springfield and Bellows Falls

Units: The Evergreen Park consists of 11 mobile homes located on a 1.28 acre parcel located on Route 5 just north of the Bellows Falls Village, with a nice view of the river. The Red Maple Park consists of 7 mobile homes and a 2 unit apartment building. The park is situated on a 1.38 acre parcel (made up of two lots) in Springfield, VT, conveniently close to the town center and served by public water and sewer.

Timeline: Project began in March 2013, and was completed within a few months.

General Partner: J.D. Kantor, Inc.

Architect & Engineer Firm: Stevens & Associates

General Contractor: American Construction

Chester Gage Preservation Project – Complete!

517 Depot Street, Chester

The Chester Gage Preservation project tackled the complete rehabilitation of two buildings, both rich with history and integral to their communities. While maintaining the exterior integrity of the buildings, the reconstruction secured the foundations, updated the electrical and plumbing systems, and made energy efficient upgrades such as: new windows and doors, insulation, boiler systems, solar panels, and energy efficient appliances.

213 Gage Street, North Westminster

Towns: Chester and N. Westminster

Units: 12 units (11 one-bedrooms and 1 two-bedroom)

Timeline: Project began in July 2012 and was completed early this year.

Unique Features:
517 Depot Road – this Greek Revival/Italianate/Georgian style house, originally known as the Blaisdell House, was built right in the center of Chester Depot in 1868.

213 Gage Street – originally the Gageville Schoolhouse, built circa 1873, this building was subsequently owned by SEVCA; it held administrative offices and a Head Start center. In 2002 the building was purchased and converted it into its current four dwelling units.

General Contractor: Naylor & Breen

Architect: NBF Architects

Engineers: Stevens & Associates (structural) Dewolfe (civil)

Development Consultant: J.D. Kantor, Inc.

Canal & Main – Complete!

9 Canal Street, Brattleboro

Canal & Main, a.k.a. Upper Story Housing, is a creative community-driven project providing mixed income rental apartments. The 24 new apartments are located on the top two floors of the Brattleboro Food Co-op’s new retail store in downtown Brattleboro. Convenient to services, the apartments provide housing for a wide range of persons, including young people, the disabled, and seniors.

Town: Downtown Brattleboro

Units: 24 units (18 one-bedrooms, two 2-bedrooms, and 4 efficiencies)

Which building is it? A new one! Located at the front of the current plaza parking lot, on the site where several historic downtown buildings once sat. You can’t miss it!

Timeline: Construction began in 2010 and was completed in Fall 2012. The apartments filled up immediately.

Unique Features: The design incorporates both green, energy saving construction techniques and innovative “regenerative” building ­systems. A sophisticated mechanical system recaptures waste heat produced by the store’s refrigeration equipment to heat the entire building.

General Contractor: Baybutt Construction

Architect: Gossens Bachman Architects

Engineer: Stevens & Associates Engineering

Energy Consultant: Andy Shapiro, Energy Balance, Inc.

Owners: Brattleboro Food Co-op (first two floors); WWHT and Housing Vermont, Inc. (top two floors)

Photo by Bob George

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