Wilmington's Laterre House renovated

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WILMINGTON — The Laterre House was fixed up as part of a project where five historic properties were rehabilitated with a focus on energy improvements.

"They renovated the building and made it more energy efficient and more ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible," said Wilmington Town Manager Scott Murphy of the only Affordable Housing certified property in town. "They basically improved an older rental building and made it much more livable."

Wilmington and the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust received a $271,000 Community Development Block Grant to pay for the renovation of seven apartment units.

The Laterre House serves 6 percent of the renters in Wilmington who earn less than 60 percent of the state's average median income, Murphy said. The East Main Street units are now leased and occupied.

"It was a very successful public and town partnership," said Murphy. "We were very glad they took advantage of the Community Development Block Grant program to build it."

The project was documented as completed on Dec. 24. A public hearing at the Town Offices will be held Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. as a final part of the process required by the Vermont Community Development Program.

The program helps communities by providing financial and technical assistance in projects related to housing, economic development, public facilities, services and handicapped accessibility modifications, according to vermont.gov.

"The CDBG application only funded our Laterre House property," said Katie Buckley, director of housing development at the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust. "It was one component of a larger project that we called Portfolio Enhancement I."

Four Brattleboro-based properties on Canal, Elliot, Frost and Washington streets also were rehabilitated through the project.

Contact Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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