Construction starts at Allard Square in South Burlington

South Burlington, Vt. - Today marked the official start of construction for Allard Square, the first major residential development in South Burlington's new City Center.

Allard Square will have 39 one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments for older Vermonters at both affordable and market-rate rents, according to release from Cathedral Square.

The building is named in honor of Doris Allard, 93, Cathedral Square's longest-tenured resident.  She's lived at Cathedral Square's original residence in Burlington for 39 years.

Cathedral Square says the new building will meet Efficiency Vermont standards for a High-Performance Multifamily Building, and will have amenities including covered parking, air conditioning, secure storage units and garden beds.  The development is a public/private partnership by the non-profit Cathedral Square Corporation of South Burlington and Snyder Braverman Development Company of Shelburne.

There are more than 800 people on waiting lists for housing, according to Cathedral Square's CEO Kim Fitzgerald.

"Allard Square will be a truly mixed income community. Twenty-five of the 39 homes will have project-based rental assistance for extremely low-income residents, who will pay 30 percent of their income in rent. Another four will have below-market rents for those earning less than 60 percent of area median income, and 10 will have market-rate rents," Fitzgerald said.

Construction is scheduled to last a year, and is expected to end in October 2018, with occupancy slated for November 2018.


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