MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The chance to apply for one of 18 new apartment buildings on Montpelier's Main Street begins this weekend.

A yearlong renovation of the 1875 Federal-style French Block building will create 18 studio and one-bedroom apartments. The Times Argus reports there will be four market-rate rental units, nine affordable units based on income sensitivity and five units for homeless people.

Work on the $6.1 million project began in January and is expected to finish by Dec. 31.

Officials at Downstreet Housing and Development say they will review applications in the order received when the application process opens Saturday.

Rates for all apartments include heat, hot water and trash removal, alongside a laundry room.

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Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/