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Housing Proposal & Warning for Oct 24, 2022 vote on 51 South Main Street

Posted Tuesday, September 20, 2022

 

WARNING FOR SPECIAL MEETING ON OCTOBER 24, 2022 

Am I eligible to vote at the meeting on October 24? Please check this map to see if you live in the former Village of Waterbury and are eligible to vote.

 

Letter from Downstreet Housing to local residence: 

To whom it may concern,
We are writing to inform you of our hope to create greater housing opportunity within downtown Waterbury. Like many towns across Vermont, Waterbury is facing a housing crisis. A 2022 Housing Study conducted by Revitalize Waterbury cited the lack of affordability and a low inventory as primary issues driving this crisis locally.
Downstreet’s intent is to create year‐round rental studios, 1‐bedroom and 2‐bedroom apartments that are affordable for residents. We hope to create further opportunity for the people who work here, to live here. We want to provide more homes for the restaurant industry workers, teachers, nurses, and grocery clerks to live in the community they
serve. We have been working with the Edward Farrar Utility District to explore the potential of development on the vacant lot at 51 South Main Street. We have worked with our Architect to learn how a building located on that lot would affect the streetscape along S. Main Street, what impact it would have on the surrounding neighbors, and how many
units we can provide without having an adverse effect on the surrounding homes.
We have provided some initial sketches attached to this letter. We are eager to hear your feedback. We are still exploring the potential of the lot and any concerns you have are valuable to us as we shape the building and surrounding features. Currently, the elements driving our choices are:
The height of surrounding buildings within a block has compelled us to limit the building height to 3 stories. We do not want to tower over other existing structures.
We want to ensure that we cast minimal shadows on surrounding buildings so we do not interfere with existing or future solar panels.
We want to create a “front porch” that softens the presence of the building on the street and creates a more public face for the building.
Please reach out to Downstreet’s Project manager for this project, Kaziah Haviland to speak about any concerns. She will be happy to set up a time to speak. We also welcome your attendance at any public meetings on the project. We hope to be on the Utility District Agenda in the next few weeks (sometime in August).
Thank you,
Kaziah Haviland
Project Manager, Real Estate Development
Khaviland@Downstreet.org
(802) 477‐1344

Please click here to see Downstreet Housing DRAFT proposal for develpment of 51 South Main Street

Please click here to see the presentation of the history of 51 South Main Street (as presented at the Informational Meeting August 31, 2022)