Smart Growth in Action: The Daly Shoe Building
The restoration of the Daly Shoe Building in Brattleboro, completed in the spring of 2008, is the Windham Housing Trust’s most ambitious affordable housing project. It includes twenty-nine affordable apartments and the Trust’s current administrative offices. Thanks to funding from Chittenden Bank for a $300,000 Affordable Housing Grant and a $250,862 Affordable Housing Program Advance Subsidy Grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, the project was successful. Partners such as Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, VHCB Lead Program, Vermont Housing Finance Agency, and Vermont Community Development Program also helped fund the completion of the project.
Built in 1936, the building has hosted diverse manufacturing businesses including work shoes, tennis rackets, sporting goods, and organs. WHT purchased the unused building from Basketville, a basket manufacturer, in 2007. The organization preserved the defining historic features of the building such as its post-and beam construction, large windows, high ceilings and original wood warehouse floors. WHT also integrated several energy-saving technologies to reduce energy and water consumption. The restoration of the building created a variety of affordable housing opportunities for community members and also encouraged walkable neighborhoods by creating a mixed-use building in close proximity to the downtown area.