Forty years ago, Pleasant Hills was built as an affordable housing community for seniors in Bristol, VT. Today, after four years of renovation the property is new and improved
“It’s more like home and it feels like home,” said junior, one of the residents.
Junior has been a resident at Pleasant Hills for over three years now and is excited about his new apartment.
Kathy Veyer is the vice president for real estate development at Housing Vermont. Housing Vermont bought the property about four years ago.
“He was past retirement age and was really ready to sell it, said Veyer.” “ He asked us to buy the property in two months.”
In 2014, Housing Vermont partnered with the Addison County Community Trust to begin redeveloping the decades old property.
After a $3.3 million investment, Pleasant Hills is now safer, healthier, and more energy efficient.
“This gave us an opportunity to really greatly improve the thermal shell of the building and we put in a new heating system, said Veyer.” “And we really cut the bill in half.”
It can be hard to find these types of apartments in Addison County.
“The vacancy rate for apartments in Addison County is three percent and that means it’s very hard to find an affordable apartment, said Veyer.” “We now have documents in place that state this will be perpetually affordable.”
The renovations have not only made the apartments look better, but it has brought them together as a community.”
“Family, that’s really what it is. We are all family now more than ever.”