South Main Apartments Waterbury, VT
Photos: Sally McCay
- LEED Silver
Originally built in 1890 as a private resident and subsequently added to the Waterbury State Complex, the building had been vacant since Tropical Storm Irene. The storm highlighted the need for affordable housing in the Waterbury area and in a post-flood planning process, Waterbury residents ranked affordable housing among their top priorities. Housing Vermont and Downstreet teamed up to provide 27 mixed income apartments at a central location in Waterbury.
The new owners wished to preserve the prominence of the existing building, renovating and repairing the original 1890’s structure into 3 apartments. A new addition was built at the rear of the building holding 24 of the 27 units. The building was laid out to enrich the overall quality of life for the tenants, fostering a sense of ownership and community. The project is within walking distance to public transportation, community services, amenities and open space. Energy efficient/socially responsible design measures include very high efficiency water fixtures, a heat recovery ventilation system, low/no VOC products, a pellet boiler for heat and hot water, energy star lighting and an air tight building envelope coupled with active ventilation.