BRATTLEBORO, VT — To the cheers of town officials and local residents, Governor Phil Scott joined government leaders, lenders, developers and others at a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, May 1, marking the official start of a major renovation and expansion of Bradley House, a residential-care facility for seniors in Brattleboro.

The nonprofit, South Burlington-based Cathedral Square Corporation (CSC), a national leader in the development of affordable, service-enriched housing communities for seniors and individuals with special needs, is providing technical assistance for the project.

Governor Scott praised those who collaborated to make the project a reality, saying it represents Vermont’s commitment to quality, affordable housing that provides a high level of care to Vermont elders regardless of income. Originally built in the 1860s, Bradley House is a nonprofit residence that currently serves 28 predominantly low-income residents who receive licensed care in a homelike setting. Capacity will increase to 36 residents after construction.

“The revival of Bradley House has been a long time coming and will allow us to continue to serve a critical need for residential care for seniors in our area,” said Cindy Jerome, executive director of Holton Home Inc., the nonprofit organization that owns and manages the facility and another senior-care residence in Brattleboro.

Bradley House is a Victorian-style mansion built in the 1860s with an addition added in the ’70s. The home is warm and inviting but is in need of modernization. Among other things, there are shared bathrooms that are not accessible, an old heating system, and the need for energy and accessibility improvements throughout.

Work will include the creation of a new, 9,000-square-foot addition with a new dining room, commercial kitchen, and additional resident rooms, each with a private bathroom. The addition is scheduled to be finished in November, at which point residents will move into the new space so work can begin in the main building. Construction is scheduled to be completed by July 2018.

“We are honored to lend our expertise to make the Bradley House an expanded and improved community for seniors who benefit from care in a residential setting,” said CSC Director of Development Cindy Reid. “We have a solid record of developing properties that raise the bar when it comes to building quality, affordable housing, and everyone involved in this project shares our high standards. We’re all excited to collaborate on such transformative work.”

The architect for the project is Jon Saccoccio of Brattleboro-based Stevens & Associates. Trumbull-Nelson is the general contractor.

The $5.3 million project is financed by a mix of public and private funding, including:

  • Vermont Community Development Program: $450,000
  • USDA Rural Development: $3 million loan and $35,000 grant
  • Vermont Housing & Conservation Board: $514,000
  • Vermont Housing Finance Agency $3.1 M construction loan
  • Town of Brattleboro: $50,000 grant
  • Commons Energy: $500,000 loan
  • Efficiency Vermont and 3EThermal: $114,750 grant
  • Private fundraising: $525,000

PHOTO: Governor Phil Scott participates in the May 1 groundbreaking ceremony launching the renovation and expansion of Bradley House, a Level III residential care home for elders in Brattleboro. From left: Katy Buckley, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Housing & Community Development; Scott; Linda Rice, Holton Home Board of Directors; Sarah Carpenter, Vermont Housing Finance Agency; Brian Pine, Commons Energy/Vermont Energy Investment Corporation; Cindy Reid, Cathedral Square; Martin Hahn, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board; and Cindy Jerome, Bradley House/Holden Home executive director