Allard Square is Cathedral Square’s newest affordable resident for older adults, located on Market Street in South Burlington near Barnes & Noble and the Blue Mall in South Burlington’s emerging City Center. With 39 one- and two-bedroom apartments and a mix of affordable and market-rate rents, Allard Square filled up quickly. By the time the doors opened in late October, Cathedral Square had received more than 300 applications for the new property.
Amenities include a lounge, community room with kitchen, exercise room, activity room, elevators, laundry facilities, covered parking, on-site storage and a covered patio for residents’ use. Three apartments are fully ADA accessible, and all are adaptable. The building meets Efficiency Vermont’s “High-Performance Multifamily Building” standard and is within walking distance to shops and services. Rent includes heat, air conditioning, hot water, laundry and electricity.
Residents at Allard Square are eligible for Support and Services at Home (SASH®) at no cost. SASH is a care-coordination program that helps residents access the care they need to stay healthy while living safely and comfortably at home. An on-site SASH coordinator and part-time wellness nurse staff the program.
On Nov. 29, government officials, affordable-housing developers and representatives of public and private financing partners celebrated the building’s opening and participated in a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Among those attending was Doris Allard, 94, the building’s namesake. Cathedral Square named the building in her honor because she is the organization’s longest-tenured resident, having lived at the original Cathedral Square residence in Burlington since it opened in 1979. She attended the event with friends and several family members who joined her from Montreal. During the formal remarks, Cathedral Square unveiled a portrait of Ms. Allard that now hangs in the building’s lobby and announced the naming of the “Sarah Carpenter Activity Room” at Allard Square in honor of the retiring executive director of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency.
Speaking at the event and participating in the ceremonial ribbon cutting with Ms. Allard were:
- Kim Fitzgerald, CEO, Cathedral Square
- Jack Giesen and Penny Pero, Allard Square residents
- Helen Riehle, Chair, South Burlington City Council
- Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
- Josh Hanford, Deputy Commissioner, Vermont Dept. of Housing & Community Development
- Art Casavant, Vice President & CRA Officer, People’s United Bank
- Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency