By: Leigh Waters, staff writer
Published in: The Other Paper July 26, 2007
With a list of dignitaries on hand longer than the ceremonial ribbon, Grand Way Commons at 412 Farrell Street officially opened last Thursday, July 19th. The first floor of the new building is home to four non-profits; Cathedral Square Corporation, HomeShare Vermont, United Way of Chittenden County, and a VNA Adult Day Program. The top three floors house 63 units of affordable senior housing managed by Cathedral Square Corporation.
In his admittedly atypically brief remarks, Senator Jim Condos (D – Chittenden County), who has been a proponent of this development since its inception, declared that “here in South Burlington we don’t build projects, we build neighborhoods.” Molly Dugan, deputy commissioner, Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs agreed, calling Grand Way Commons “a vibrant community.” Resident Pete and Caroline Pecor, whose top floor, two-bedroom apartment was open for tours, were equally complimentary of the building, amenities and the location, noting the easy access to walking on the bike paths and shopping.
Grand Way Commons is a result of unprecedented collaborations and financing between non-profit organizations, government agencies and the private sector. The waiting list for the just completed apartments reflects the need for continued cooperation to provide sufficient housing for Vermont’s senior population.