Long-awaited Montpelier housing, transit center opens

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) The long-awaited $12.5 million Taylor Street project in Montpelier is finished.

Community and state leaders celebrated nearly two decades of work on the project Friday, officially cutting the ribbon on the Montpelier Transit Center and Taylor Street Apartments.

There are 30 units of housing; 19 are available for low-income people in town and the other 11 are market rate. There's a variety of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and studio apartments.

Buses will run from the transit center to Waterbury and Burlington, giving Montpelier a connection to Lake Champlain.

"The amount of transit that runs between Montpelier, Waterbury and Burlington is huge. It's very well-utilized, so being able to support that by bringing the housing above is something that made a lot of sense and certainly, many of our residents can not afford their own vehicles, so having public transit here is a huge benefit to them," said Eileen Peltier of Downstreet Housing and Community Development.

City leaders say 10 of the apartments are already occupied.