• Waterbury Village eyes help for daycare, affordable apartments
    November 14,2012

    Waterbury to hold planning meeting Nov. 25

    WATERBURY — In order to re-use certain state office buildings, the village could change zoning requirements for a day care center displaced by Tropical Storm Irene and an affordable housing nonprofit.

    Village trustees would need to modify a density restriction for the Central Vermont Community Land Trust and make an exception in a formula that caps a building’s footprint to total parcel acreage for the Hunger Mountain Children Center. Another issue involves reducing required setbacks.

    The land trust has been eyeing Ladd Hall for affordable apartments. The nonprofit could demolish a rear portion of the building while retaining the historic portion, Waterbury Community Planner Steve Lotspeich said.

    The day care center wants to move back to its old space, 123 S. Main St., Lotspeich said. As part of the proposal, the business could acquire 121 S. Main St. and link the two buildings, he said.

    A public hearing would be required as part of the process.

    The Waterbury Planning Commission and village would each hold their own hearings. If the projects were expedited, though, only the village would hold a hearing.

    The Planning Commission hopes to develop a formal proposal at its next meeting. The board will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 26.

    — Staff report

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