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Proposed Village Apartments Designed with Vermont Historic Preservation

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GREENSBORO – RuralEdge, the Greensboro Housung Committee and select board have been working together for about five years to identify ways to meet a need for more Greensboro housing to support the needs of the town’s growing business community.

Executive Director Patrick Shattuck of RuralEdge provided an architectural rendering of the Greensboro Village School Apartments that shows an addition extending into the parking lot behind the building now housing Greensboro’s Town Offices downstairs and upstairs, the Giving Closet, The Hardwick Gazette and artist Nancy Riege’s studio.

Shattuck says, “the massing was very important to the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, and they were involved throughout the design process in developing these” preliminary drawings that are subject to modification as further work on project development proceeds.

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Elevation drawings of proposed Greensboro apartments show the view from town continues to be of the building that Greensboro residents and visitors had come to expect as they travel up Craftsbury Road or Town Road 8. RuralEdge has worked with the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation to preserve the historic character of the building by adding the addition behind the building, where the town recycling operation is now.

The project’s addition extends into the parking lot that includes the town’s recycling operation.

“Before any agreement with Rural Edge can be reached, the town needs answers to many questions,” wrote select board Chair Eric Hanson In a letter to the editor last week. He continued, “Some of these include: water and sewer issues, a site plan for parking, lighting, landscaping, space for the Giving Closet and town offices, relocation of recycling and a price for the town hall.”

Jasper Hill Cheese and Highland Center for the Arts together now employ well over 100 people and say the lack of locally affordable housing is hampering their ability to attract employees. They, and other local employers, hope affordable housing solutions can be created as the cost of single family homes in Greensboro has become mostly unattainable for young workers in recent decades, especially those with families.

The town of Greensboro has entered into an option agreement, which allows RuralEdge to work on the funding and design process for the project without the town offering the building for other purposes until the recently extended agreement’s Dec. 31, 2024 expiration. That agreement is with Gilman Housing Trust, Inc. DBA RuralEdge.

courtesy drawing An architectural rendering of the Greensboro Village School Apartments proposed by RuralEdge shows an addition extending into the parking lot behind the building now housing Greensboro’s Town offices. RuralEdge Executive Director Patrick Shattuck says these are preliminary drawings, “subject to modifications.”

Shattuck says about the organization, ”Officially, we are still the Gilman Housing Trust, Inc. a 501c3 organization founded in 1986 . . . through a ‘rebranding’ effort about a decade ago, we do business as RuralEdge.”

Hanson concluded his letter, writing, “As we begin to gather information to answer these questions, it will be shared with the town (at meetings, in papers, and via the town website). If we reach the point of having a proposed purchase and sales agreement, per 24 V.S.A. 1061, it will be submitted to the voters before the agreement is signed with RuralEdge.”

Paul Fixx is editor of The Hardwick Gazette and lives in Hardwick.

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