Groundbreaking For Northgate

May, 1968  |  Series: The Beginning

First apartments at Northgate are developed by Fairfield Associates of Connecticut. Amidst the rapid community growth, Governor Phil Hoff, Burlington Mayor Frank Cain and others went to bat to assist in securing the federal funds needed for local housing development. A city in urgent need of affordable housing finally saw Fairfield Associates of Connecticut breaking ground on the construction of Northgate with plans to bring 140 town home-style apartments to the New North End. A second section called Greenfield added another 196 homes when it opened in 1970. Groundbreaking on site was May of 1968 and the first apartments were finished and occupied by that November. While many in the community saw this as a much needed housing for a population in need, it would become clear that the buildings were constructed quickly and cheaply implying an intention to flip them into market rate housing when the mortgage would come due.

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