Vt town considering relocating housing after flood

Sunday August 19, 2012

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) -- It could be several years before officials decide what to do about 152 housing units for the elderly and disabled in two Brattleboro complexes after some of the units in one center were damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene and the other center had to be evacuated.

The Melrose Place and Hayes Court Site Alternatives Study Redevelopment Committee was formed shortly after heavy rains from last year's Tropical Storm Irene damaged 60 of the 80 units at Melrose Place and required the evacuation of Hayes Court.

At a meeting on Thursday, officials looking for alternative locations whittled a list of 24 potential properties down to seven.

The Brattleboro Reformer (bit.ly/NLH7fa) reports three of the properties included those already owned by the Brattleboro Housing Authority - Melrose Terrace, Hayes Court and Moore Court.

Ultimately, Adam Hubbard, a project manager and landscape architect with Stevens and Associates, the firm selected to handle the project, said the replacement housing project will require at least three or four locations to accommodate Brattleboro's aging population and the lack of affordable housing caused by the flood and the fire at the Brooks House in April 2011.


Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, http://www.reformer.com/


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