The construction site on Sykes Mountain Avenue in White River Junction doesn't look like much yet, but in June of next year a four-story apartment building with 30 units, a community room and garden, play area and covered parking below should stand where workers sweat in dust and humidity now.
The best thing about the project is the rent: from $750 a month for a 1-bedroom unit to $1,150 for 2 bedrooms. Compare that to market rates more than twice as high at, say, Timberwood Commons in Lebanon, and you get the picture.
This is possible because the project -- which will be called Wentworth Community Housing -- is the work of Twin Pines Housing, a nonprofit dedicated to affordable housing in the Upper Valley, in partnership with another nonprofit, Housing Vermont. The cost of construction is being underwritten by grants, donations, and most significantly, federal low-income housing tax credits.