Leadership Learns That Northgate Is In Peril

April, 1984

As tenants and city officials started to solve the existing problems at Northgate they identified a big new threat – the biggest one. To lower the property’s exorbitant heating costs, CEDO staff with a young and motivated Brenda Torpy in the lead, and the Burlington Electric Department arranged to have Northgate’s attics insulated in 1983. In the process they learned that the private property owners would have the right to pay off their HUD mortgage in just 6 years.  Nearby Indian Brook apartments – another HUD affordable housing project – had just been converted to market-rate rentals and 50 families had been displaced. If Northgate was converted to private housing, millions of dollars of public financing would be lost and over 1300 people would be priced out and forced to leave their homes. In the face of this huge threat, the City of Burlington allocated funds to hire a Northgate organizer based at CEDO. Tenants re-energized the Northgate-Greenfield Tenants Association, and ultimately convened a city-wide Save Northgate Task Force.

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