Preservation Trust of Vermont (PTV) presented 10 awards to individuals and organizations at its June 15 Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference. Two awards were given to Housing Vermont and its local partners in recognition of special contributions in preserving Vermont’s downtowns and village centers.
PTV recognized Housing Vermont, COTS and Duncan – Wisniewski Architects for the renovation of 95 North Avenue, Burlington which created 14 affordable apartments as well as 14,000 square feet of program and administrative space for COTS. Half of the apartments offer service-enriched housing for homeless individuals or those at-risk of becoming homeless.
“Bob Duncan, the project architect, designed a beautiful restoration of the old Colodny building and a new addition at 95 North Avenue,” said HV Director of Development Kathy Beyer. “We are thrilled to have our work recognized by the Preservation Trust of Vermont. Our building now provides a home of dignity and grace for the Daystation, the COTS headquarters, and new residents.”
The loss of a major business can threaten an entire downtown. PTV recognized Housing Vermont and the Lamoille Housing Partnership for their work in Morrisville where the two nonprofits purchased and repurposed the former Arthur’s Department Store to turn a potential community loss into an opportunity. Extensive renovations added 18 affordable apartments on the upper floors while creating new commercial space with restored storefronts on Main Street.
Preservation Trust of Vermont supports efforts by nonprofits and communities to save and use historic places that help to define the character of Vermont. Videos and descriptions of all 10 award recipients can be found here.