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Location:Colchester and Essex, Vermont

Client:Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA)

Role:Merchant Developer

Development Cost:$15 million

Team:Turner Brooks, Architect; Fitzpatrick-Lewellyn Engineering; Keith Wagner, Landscape Architect; VHFA; Engelberth Construction

Officer’s Row was originally housing at a U.S. Army Calvary base, Fort Ethan Allen, that housed soldiers and their families in sturdy, elegant brick homes lined up along the base’s parade grounds. Eventually considered surplus property, the buildings were donated to the University of Vermont (UVM) and were used for many years to provide student housing. Seeking to foster the renaissance of these tired but handsome buildings, the municipalities, UVM and VHFA worked cooperatively to set a new course. VHFA selected Jeff’s firm to rehabilitate the 19 buildings. Working with a team of architects, builders and Realtors, Jeff managed the acquisition, development and construction processes, resulting in the sale of 77 condominiums, many to first-time home buyers. The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized the team with an Honor Award.

 

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