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Laconia Housing: The historic Tavern Inn gets a makeover

Laconia, NH -- Laconia Housing is completing renovations to the Tavern Inn on Church Street, one of the most historic buildings in downtown Laconia. Set in the heart of the city near services and shopping, the Tavern Inn offers affordable housing for seniors 62 years of age and older. It has 50 apartments – studios and one bedroom – with utilities such as heat, hot water, and electricity all included in the rent.

The Tavern Inn hallways and common areas are getting a makeover with freshly painted walls in modern level-coding colors, plank tile flooring, and new acoustical ceiling tiles. Other recent improvements include a completely rebuilt parking lot, exterior brick repointing, and boiler replacement. A state of art security camera system is to be installed next. All of these improvements have been funded by a loan from TD Bank.

The history of the Tavern Inn building begins with its construction in 1912. But on June 23, 1955 the world heard about the Tavern when President Dwight D. Eisenhower stayed at the Laconia Tavern Hotel during his visit to Laconia, NH. Using Community Development Block Grant funds, the historic Tavern Inn has recently been modernized with a 33kW solar array on the roof, LED light fixtures, new windows, and ceiling insulation where previously there was none.

Formally the Tavern Hotel, the Tavern Inn / Stafford House is located in downtown Laconia, New Hampshire, across the street from the Post Office and the Library and right next door to the Community Action Program Senior Center. Banks, churches, restaurants, a drug store, supermarket, Veteran’s Park, the former railway station, Main Street stores, and an antique center are all within easy walking distance.

Laconia Housing’s Supportive Services Department offers services for residents who would benefit from assistance with meals, housekeeping, laundry, personal care, and limited nursing care. The Resident Services Coordinator keeps tenants abreast of programs and special events at Laconia Housing and in the greater community. Today, Laconia Housing provides housing opportunities for nearly 2,000 area residents, including the elderly, disabled, working families, and professionals.

Laconia Housing has invested in the Lakes Region community for nearly 50 years – offering affordable housing and services to local residents. In addition to the housing owned and managed, Laconia Housing administers housing choice vouchers that allow income eligible residents to live in privately owned apartments. More information is available at:

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