- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 1, 2020

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) -

Work is set to begin in earnest in the New Year with the renovation of downtown housing project in the Vermont town of St. Johnsbury.

The Depot Square apartment building will be reborn as the New Avenue Apartments. The $8 million renovation plans call for 40 apartments, and the first floor of the building will become commercial space.

The Burlington-based non-profit Housing Vermont bought the building more than a year ago from an out-of-state developer, using nearly $1 million in state funds contributed by the town.

The Caledonian Record reports the final occupants of the current building are in the process of moving out.



“We plan to start asbestos abatement work in mid-January,” said Housing Vermont Vice President Kathy Beyer.

A huge trash container at the back side of the building has been filling up with dozens of old appliances and other large items.

“We plan to start the actual renovation project in March, and expect the construction will take 14 months,” Beyer said.

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