RAHC’s new Bennington housing is open
By Patrick McArdle
BENNINGTON - The Regional Affordable Housing Corp. has completed work on its latest project, adding new housing on North Branch Street and refurbished housing on Benmont Avenue, and many of the apartments are already occupied, according to the corporation’s executive director, John Broderick.
“The place where we’re standing, on North Branch Street, a year ago today was a vacant lot that was overgrown. It was a former logging area. Trees used to come down this logging road. Today, it is 14 units of newly-constructed affordable housing for working families,” Broderick said at the site of the Roaring Branch Apartments on Monday.
While the units were only certified for occupancy a few weeks ago, Broderick said that by Oct. 1, there were 21 commitments for 26 of the housing units. All but one unit in Benmont is already committed and Broderick said he expects all of the units to be filled by the end of the year.
At a recent economic development meeting in Bennington, several attendees pointed out the need for affordable housing for people who were working in Bennington or considering moving to the town to take a job. Broderick pointed out that there were homes on North Branch Street rented by employees of Mack Molding in Arlington, the Vermont Agency of Transportation and some of Bennnington’s nursing homes and Northside Drive businesses.
“We think we’ve really filled an important need,” he said.
The project is also important for the corporation, known locally as RAHC, which provides affordable but not subsidized housing.
RAHC needs to develop projects and find tenants who can pay the rent in order to continue their work, Broderick said.
For the complete story, see Wednesday's Rutland Herald.