Community celebrates renovation of historic Montpelier Barre Street building

By: cindy reid

Governor Shumlin helped Montpelier and housing community members recognize the achievements of all involved with the renovations of the 58 Barre Street building yesterday.     

The building is an adaptive reuse of an old school building near downtown Montpelier.  It ceased being used as a school years ago, but part of it had still been used as a senior center.  It suffered a fire in 2009 and became unusable. 

A community planning process ensued, and the property was successfully  transformed into 14 new senior apartments (12 with rental assistance from USDA RD), and a beautiful refurbished senior center for the community.

The renovation project was funded by VHFA (construction loan & bond credits), USDA RD, VHCB, HOME, VCDP, VFEP, City of Montpelier, Historic & Downtown Credits, private fundraising (for senior center).

The energy improvements to the building incorporated to a great extent the Net Zero Energy consumption goals of USDA RD.  The architect and energy consulting team planned the rehab such that 85% of the building’s energy supply will be generated on site.  Some of the features include:  super insulation, photovoltaic 25kw, solar hot water, wood pellet boiler, energy efficient lighting and heat exchange ventilation.  

The apartments have been leased up and already have a waiting list.  The apartments are managed by the Montpelier Housing Authority.  The project was developed by Montpelier Housing Authority, Development Consultant Jeff Kantor, the City of Montpelier and the Montpelier Senior Activity Center.