95 North Avenue

History: in 1893, the 95 North Avenue building opened with Frank Riley running a grocery store at this address. In 1902, Gerorge Saiger opened Saiger’s Department Store and Grocery on the first floor, with two or three apartments located on the second floor. In 1928, Alex Colodny purchased the building, running the popular Colodny’s Market, and Vermont’s first “supermarket” for more than 50 years. In 1979, Burlington College purchased the building, and opened its doors. In 2010, COTS purchased the property with a vision of creating a new type of community anchor, one that provides services, support and housing for people facing the crisis of homelessness.

In January 2016, COTS began extensive renovations on the historic structure, including a new addition constructed in the rear. As part of the project, done in partnership with Housing Vermont, a new permanent home for the Daystation was built on the first floor. Also, 14 affordable apartments were created to the second floor. Other updates included making COTS’ program spaces for homeless prevention, and family and adult services more accessible and far more energy-efficient. An elevator was added, too.

The renovation restored the historic portion of the building to it’s original 1893 look. During construction, part of the building’s original tin ceiling was discovered under a drop ceiling. This was restored, and is now visible on COTS main floor waiting area. COTS and Housing Vermont hosted an official ribbon cutting event in April 2017 with Congressman Peter Welch, Governor Phil Scott, Mayor Miro Weinberger, and many other supporters, partners and community leaders. The project was made possible through public and private funding sources.

Permanent, Affordable Housing: IMG_7830

  • 14 apartments: There are 12 studios and two one-bedroom units, each with their own kitchen and bathroom. Laundry facilities, storage, and shared community space is also available. Seven of the apartments are fully-furnished, service-enriched units that receive private rental assistance through a COTS internal subsidy.