They’d originally hoped to use the old hospital’s façade, but it was in such poor structural condition it had to be demolished with the rest of the building.
Tenants are required to be age 55 or older, and rents are based on income.
Snow removal, landscaping, maintenance and trash collection are also included in the rents, and tenants are responsible for their own cable television, electric and telephone bills.
Liberty worked with the Housing Assistance Program of Essex County on the project, Deguire-Lapishka said, and that agency will receive 15 vouchers for apartments for its clients.
Office Manager Debbie Bessette said one of the units is equipped for a tenant who is vision-impaired and another for a hearing-impaired occupant.
“You have an absolutely gorgeous view of the mountains from most of these apartments,” she said. “People are going to love living here.”
The building is energy-efficient, used green materials in construction, and is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
“Our mission is to bring affordable housing to communities in need,” Deguire-Lapishka said. “This is a beautiful addition to the town.”
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