New senior housing opens in South Burlington

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A new apartment building in South Burlington offers senior citizens a balance of support and independence.

The ribbon was cut at Allard Square Thursday. It's located just off Dorset Street and provides affordable and market-rate rentals to Vermonters 55 and older.

The 39-room complex was made possible through a partnership between the nonprofit Cathedral Square Corporation and a Shelburne development company.

Cathedral Square CEO Kim Fitzgerald says there's a critical need for age-specific, affordable housing in South Burlington.

"The large tube represents all of the applicants on our waitlist, so that's over 1,000 applicants that are waiting to get into Cathedral Square communities. And those applicants may be homeless, may be homeowners. Some of them have waited on our waitlist for over seven years. They're your friends, they're your family, they're your neighbors. They need affordable housing," Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald says she wants to put more Cathedral Square keys into people's hands.

But even if the company built another unit immediately, it would barely put a dent in the number of people who need affordable housing in the area.