Investing in the Future of Vergennes
Downtown Sales Tax ReallocationVergennes Grand is located within the Vergennes Designated Downtown, a program that supports local revitalization efforts across Vermont. The City of Vergennes, Vergennes Partnership, and the developer jointly applied and were approved for the Sales Tax Reallocation program. This program reallocates a portion of the sales tax on construction materials for the project back to the municipality (Vergennes).
Historic RestorationOur circa 1810 historic building will be restored to its original Italianate splendor with a tasteful expansion off the back, maintaining the classic look from the village green. We have worked with a regional expert on historic restoration with input from the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation to design our renovations and additions. The collaborative approach to the project has produced a design that meets the intent of Section 1604 Specific Standards in several ways. First, the restored main block will enhance the streetscape, provide an authentic and aesthetically pleasing anchor for the City Park’s northwest corner, and honor the City’s most prolific master-builder and historically significant past residents of the house. Second, the low-key design lowered rooflines, and a mix of setbacks, projections, and courtyards give the new construction a residential community sensibility, subordinate to the historic main block. Third, the design of the new structure at 40 North Street reestablishes its historical connection with the main house, lost when the building was converted to a two-family house and covered with synthetic siding. Finally, setbacks from the street are maintained, new doors and windows are designed for compatibility and residential feel, and lap siding will be used throughout except for the main block which will repair original wood clapboards as part of the overall restoration.
Beautification of DowntownThanks to the designated downtown sales tax reallocation program, Vergennes has been approved for over $180,000 to be used for projects in the immediate area including street resurfacing, replacing walkways and lighting in the park, improving intersection safety at Green & North Street, and the replacement of outdated stormwater pipes on North Street.
JobsCurrently, Vergennes Residential Care employs 10 full-time and 8 part-time staff. When complete, Vergennes Grand Senior Living Community will employ as many as 35 full-time and 25 part-time staff.
Indirect Consumer BusinessNot only will our local senior citizens benefit from this project, so will fellow Addison County businesses. Resident's families visiting town and employees commuting will bring an immediate boost to our local gas, convenience, retail, lodging, and dining establishments.
Local OwnershipThe current Vergennes Residential Care building is owned and operated by Dan and Rebecca Hassan of Grand Senior Living in Charlotte, VT. They are passionate about providing quality senior care and are excited to be doing so close to home.
Serving Middle-Income SeniorsDesigned to meet the needs of middle-income seniors, our project will continue to serve those participating in the Vermont Choices for Care program, as well as offering rental prices that will allow many Addison County seniors to stay in the local area.
Past & Present
Vergennes Grand will repurpose and renovate the existing, operating Vergennes Residential Care Home on North Street in Vergennes. The old operation that today serves up to 18 residents, will serve as many as 72 residents when expansion and construction is complete. In addition to a tastefully designed expansion, the original circa 1810 historic building will be restored back to its original Italianate splendor.
The finished community will offer studio, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom apartments for independent or assisted living residents and will also offer private and semi-private accommodations in the memory care suite.
A wide variety of amenities will be available for use by all residents including:
Main dining room and living room with views of the Adirondacks
Café/market with an all-day dining option
Multi-purpose activity room
and much more
Vergennes Grand is designed to serve seniors of all financial abilities by participating in various state and federal programs that support the “forgotten middle” of the senior population who need and deserve, dignified housing and care services.
Tax incentives from this project will go directly back into the community.
Vergennes Grand is walking distance from the town center of Vergennes, a classic New England town in a historic neighborhood, and sits directly across from the village green.
Vergennes enjoys a vibrant Main Street with a rich variety of retail services, municipal offices, renovated Opera House, churches, library, Post Office, restaurants, and is located on the shores of the Otter Creek River leading directly to Lake Champlain.
Grand Senior Living is developing “Vergennes Grand”, an Assisted Living (AL) and Assisted Living Memory Care (ALMC) Community in Vergennes, Vermont.
Located approximately midway between Burlington, ~20 miles to the north (Vermont’s most populous city) and Middlebury, ~20 miles to the south (well-known New England college town).