Housing Vermont and the Rockingham Area Community Land Trust joined forces to re-develop key
properties on the village green in Proctorsville, enhancing the viability of this historic
Designated Village. The integrated program produced 10 affordable apartments, four affordable
for-sale homes, and commercial spaces for the U. S. Postal Service and a local arts business as
well as making modest improvements to housing for seniors. Construction began in May 2007 and was
completed in February 2008.
The rural Village of Proctorsville is located in southern
Vermont. Proctorsville Green is the second phase of a broader community development initiative to
rebuild an important section of the village center which suffered a disastrous fire in 1982. The
2.23-acre site had been home to the Proctorsville Woolen Mill since 1836. The Mill had been a
dense complex of buildings made of brick, wood and stone. Some of the structures were
four-and-a-half stories tall before the fire leveled the area. Only a smokestack, some foundation
remnants and a few, smaller, damaged buildings remained.
The affordable apartments were
created through the redevelopment of two historic buildings along the village green. The for-sale
homes were constructed as a four-unit vernacular townhome building. Each home offers 1,080
efficiently designed square feet on two floors with amenities such as a front porch, ample storage,
alarm system, fire-sprinkler system and laundry closet. These are 5 Star Plus Energy Star Rated
homes with high-efficiency propane-fired boilers with integrated domestic hot water.
Proctorsville Village Green recently received an Honor Award as a Vermont Exemplary Public Space
for its creative design, urban forestry elements and appropriate fit into the village. The project
has received an award for Smart Growth Vermont for revitalizing the center of this historic