Plan To Convert Building Into Work Space, Apartments

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A group hopes to redevelop a Brattleboro building into co-working space and affordable housing.

Skye Morse, of M&S Development, says they hope to convert what’s known in Brattleboro as the Sanel Building or the DeWitt Grocery Warehouse into seven offices on the ground floor, and 19 apartments — studios and one- and two-bedroom units — on the upper floors.

The project will utilize a new qualification structure created by Housing and Urban Development that has not yet been used in Vermont, Morse said.

The project is estimated to cost more than $10 million and they are using a variety of funding sources for the project, said Morse.

Morse told The Brattleboro Reformer they hope to close on the building, which has been vacant for decades, this fall and begin construction shortly after.

“We really want to create a space where people can work remotely, bring their city jobs here and have a good place to work that is high-quality, peaceful, productive and right in the downtown,” said Morse.