- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

WOODSTOCK, Vermont (AP) - The first affordable housing project for an affluent Vermont town is officially open.

Vermont Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/1Kzg3bL ) Gov. Peter Shumlin said at a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday that there is “nothing to fight” and “nothing to fear” referring to the new Safford Commons project in Woodstock.

There are 28 energy-efficient apartments clustered in multi-colored cottage-like homes. A court battle ended a decade-long fight after neighbors said the duplexes and triplexes would be a blemish on the natural setting.

Public and private sources, like the Woodstock Community Trust, funded the $9.5 million complex.

President Patsy Highberg credited persistence and multiple partnerships now that tenants can live affordably in an area with high living costs.

Rents range from $600 to $1,000. The entire complex was fully rented in about 10 days.

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

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