THE TOWN OF Middlebury recently concluded a five-day “Planapalooza” to create its first-ever downtown master plan, which will include ideas on how development could responsibly occur in a downtown that is already substantially built out. Seen here is the notion of a “pocket neighborhood” surrounding St. Mary’s School off Shannon Street. Graphic courtesy of Town Planning & Urban Design Collaborative LLC
MIDDLEBURY — A “pocket neighborhood” surrounding the former St. Mary’s School off Shannon Street and a reimagined economic development initiative off Bakery Lane are just two concepts for the future of downtown Middlebury as brainstormed by participants at a flurry of recent planning sessions. Middlebury officials and a town-hired consultant will spend the coming months processing a variety of comments and concepts offered by dozens of residents during a five-day “Planapalooza,” a series of events aimed at shaping the community’s first-ever downtown master plan. A draft of that plan — which...

MIDDLEBURY — For the first time in its history, the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) is asking for out-of-town donations to help subsidize the special holiday and recreational events — like the annual Spooktacular and WinterFest — that county residents have come to enjoy through the years. The BMP’s financial crunch has become more acute in recent years because it has had to drop a few popular fundraising events that have been key in underwriting its annual slate of activities. Chief among the fundraiser casualties was the annual Vermont Chili Fest, which attracted 40-50 chefs and...

DOWNTOWN MIDDLEBURY HAS been a beehive of construction activity this week as workers prepare the rail corridor for a tunnel that will replace the Merchants Row and Main Street rail bridges. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Both pedestrian and vehicular traffic in downtown Middlebury was slower than usual this week, as work on the $72 million rail bridges replacement project jumped from the train corridor to Main Street. Main Street traffic was relegated to one lane beginning on Monday as two Kubricky Construction crews excavated several feet below the blacktop to install two new sewer manholes, one directly in front of the National Bank of Middlebury’s Duclos Building and the other at the top of Printer’s Alley, according to Jim Gish, Middlebury’s community liaison for the rail bridges project....

COLIN GRAY OF Ferrisburgh’s Good Companion Bakery makes a sale on Thursday afternoon at the Vergennes Farmers Market on the City Green. Gray estimates that daily sales are up about 75 percent this year thanks to the market being back downtown and to effective promotion by organizers Chris and Sandy Reck. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
VERGENNES — Loaves of bread, croissants and pastry were moving steadily off Good Companion Bakery’s table not far from the monument on the Vergennes City Green this past Thursday afternoon. Manning the table was Colin Gray, who said he had been with the Ferrisburgh bakery since 2012 and working the Vergennes Farmers Market for the past several of those years. This season, with the market back in the city’s downtown park after a two-year absence, has been very successful for Good Companion, Gray said. He estimated the bakery’s take at the market is up by about 75 percent. “Since we’ve come...

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