- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - Officials in Brattleboro, Vermont, are asking the public to come up with a new use for a housing complex that was evacuated and damaged during Tropical Storm Irene.

Vermont Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/1zX08RY) the 50-year-old Melrose Terrace can no longer receive federal subsidies because it is in a flood hazard zone. Its residents will move to a new public housing area in a few years.

During the 2011 tropical storm, residents evacuated as the nearby Whetstone Brook flooded the complex. But Brattleboro Housing Authority Director Chris Hart said the red brick buildings themselves held up well.

Hart put out a call for 100 great ideas for the property. So far, suggestions include space for artists to rent, offices, a drive-in theater, and a paintball playground.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net

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