Awards Celebration Honors Smart Growth Projects
More than 130 people gathered on Burlington’s waterfront to celebrate the work of Vermonters whose projects and plans create economic opportunities, housing and a sense of community in a way that respects our unique landscape.
“Each of these projects is a story of how Vermonters breathed new life into their community in a way that truly serves the needs of its residents,” said Noelle MacKay, Executive Director of Smart Growth Vermont.
This year’s Smart Growth Award winners show how communities, both large or small, can:
- Re-establish a vital town center with municipal offices and a general store (Starksboro Town Center);
- Restore and redevelop a historic downtown property for essential community services, such as a grocery store and health clinic (Main Street Mill, Richford);
- Address the critical housing shortage by helping homeowners create new accessory apartments (One More Home Program, Montpelier);
- Build housing in a downtown setting while conserving river access for recreation (Marble Works Residences, Middlebury);
- Create a mixed-use development adjacent to an historic downtown (Middlebury South Village, Middlebury); and
- Transform a dilapidated, historic resource into a valuable recreational resource for the community (Southern Vermont Recreation Center, Springfield).
Robert Lloyd, of Tinmouth, was presented with the 2007 Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership. In accepting the award, Bob shared his observation that “…all land in Vermont is, in some sense, a common interest commodity. Living in Vermont is a common interest enterprise.”
Visit our 2007 Smart Growth Awards page to learn more about this year’s award recipients.