Red Clover Commons Affordable Housing Complex Now Open
One of gbA’s latest affordable housing projects has just celebrated its grand opening. Red Clover Commons, in Brattleboro, Vermont, built by Brattleboro Housing Partnerships and Housing Vermont, is in apartment complex for low-income elderly or disabled members of the community. This complex was a labor of love for all involved, as the apartments were designed partially in response to the flooding brought on by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Irene caused immense damage to Melrose Terrace, another Brattleboro Housing Partnerships site, and while those units have now been repaired and reoccupied, the organization decided that a safer area was needed for its most vulnerable residents.
gbA has been designing and building affordable housing communities for years, and we are deeply dedicated to the mission of these types of homes. We are inspired daily by the communities in which we live and work, and in all of our projects we attempt to build sites that will better their communities. Affordable housing projects are an incredibly necessary part of this goal. Nothing is more essential than a safe, affordable place to call home, and we are honored to be able to help provide that for our fellow Vermonters.
Despite the emphasis on affordability, we do not feel that it is necessary, or acceptable, to cut corners on our designs. We want these apartments to be places that people want, not just need, to call home. Creating a sense of community was imperative, so we placed open lounges on each floor of the complex. Additionally, there is a larger gathering space on the first floor of the building, and an activity room for exercise programs and other events on the third floor. The apartments themselves have spacious kitchens and bathrooms, as well as large windows, welcoming in lots of natural light. The building is heated and cooled by a geothermal system which will drastically reduce heating costs for residents.
The difficulties faced by seniors and people with disabilities were also a key consideration for our design. The building features railings along the walls on all of the floors, as well as different colors and themes for each floor – to help keep the residents from becoming confused or disoriented. Every aspect of this design was deliberated over with great care to ensure that the residents have all of the necessary safety amenities while keeping the apartments feeling like homes.
We were thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Housing Vermont, Brattleboro Housing Partnerships, and Trumbull-Nelson Construction, the contractor for the project, and look forward to the opportunity to build safe, affordable homes for many more New Englanders.
— June 6th, 2017