On February 17th, ownership of Heritage Lane, an affordable housing community for seniors and people with disabilities changed hands from Grant and Suzanne Butterfield to new owner, Joe Handy from Colchester. In addition, Cathedral Square was selected as the new on-site property manager. Located at 80-84 South Main Street in St. Albans, Heritage Lane is home to 28 residents. Built in 1980, the property is nestled on 1.3 acres and includes 28 apartments and a shared community room for people with a disability and seniors who are 62 years or older.

After the property closing, residents filled the community room to hear more information about the new changes. Jeanette Bruely, a resident at Heritage Lane for 15 years says she’s ecstatic. “This is a new beginning for us. This change means clean windows, hallways and new lights,” says Jeannette. This sentiment was echoed by others in the room as well. Yvonne Lovelette, a resident of six years says, “This was a great meeting with Cathedral Square staff and residents. The best part of this meeting is feeling like we have met a lot of new friends who will care about us.” Owner, Joe Handy from Colchester was also on-site conducting a walk through of the buildings with Cathedral Square maintenance department staff.

For anyone attending the meeting, it was apparent that this tight knit group of seniors has a wonderful sense of community. Yvonne says, “We go out every Friday night to dinner and we also meet at McDonalds for coffee every day at 3 p.m. Recently when one of our residents needed help, one resident watered her plant, another one took care of her bird and yet another picked up her mail. We all help each other.”

Yvonne was especially grateful for what she described as a new sense of security. After the meeting she said, “I can now sleep well at night. I won’t have to worry about my safety and if someone is looking after us or not.”

According to Lise MacDonald, Cathedral Square’s property manager/resident service coordinator, she is equally enthusiastic. “I am really looking forward to working with this vibrant community. It is very apparent that they are full of life and want to remain as active as possible.”

In Vermont, the number of elderly Vermonters 65 years old and older is projected to grow by 38% over the next ten years. By the year 2030, one in every four Vermonters will be 65 or older. At the same time, the number of nursing home beds in Vermont will decrease by more than 5%. In the coming decade, seniors and persons with disabilities are much more likely to receive long term care in their home than in a traditional care setting.

Anyone interested in additional information regarding Heritage Lane or other CSC communities, is encouraged to contact our main number at 802-863-2224 or visit our website at www.cathedralsquare.org.

Cathedral Square Corporation is an award-winning developer, owner and manager of affordable housing for older Vermonters and individuals with disabilities. Cathedral Square owns/manages 22 communities throughout Chittenden and Franklin County. Cathedral Square also owns Fourwinds Apartments in St. Albans which was purchased in February 2008.