Architect's rendering of Allard Square, located on Market Street in South BurlingtonOpening in Fall 2018: Allard Square

Decades after a city center was first envisioned for South Burlington, construction will start in fall 2017 on the first component of a downtown city center for South Burlington: Allard Square, a 39-unit affordable residence for seniors being developed by Cathedral Square in partnership with Snyder Braverman Development Company LLC and People’s United Bank.

The new community is being named after Doris Allard, a resident of Cathedral Square Senior Living who has lived in a Cathedral Square residence for nearly 39 years — longer than than any other resident. She moved into our original housing community at 3 Cathedral Square in Burlington shortly after it opened in 1978.

The South Burlington site is an ideal location for senior housing, as it will be near medical services, public transportation and shopping. It also will have SASH®, or Support and Services at Home, on site. This award-winning model of care coordination brings together nonprofit housing providers, social service agencies and community health providers to coordinate care and provide individualized supports to seniors, enabling them to age in place safely and healthfully. A federally commissioned evaluation of SASH showed that it reduced growth in annual Medicare expenditures by $1,536 per participant while measurably improving health outcomes.

Since 1977, Cathedral Square has helped to create nearly 1,700 safe, affordable and high-quality homes throughout Vermont.