Community Spotlight: Middlebury
Middlebury, in the heart of Addison County, is located on the Otter Creek and originated as a mill town to serve area grain farmers. Industry grew with the addition of other factories and a marble quarry. Today, many of these historic buildings have been converted to shops, businesses and homes, making the town an attractive place to live, work or visit.
Community residents and The Better Middlebury Partnership have worked tirelessly to create redevelopment projects in the downtown district for at least the last thirty years, and this initiative led to downtown designation through the Vermont Downtown Program in October 1999. Many projects have been successfully completed, including the renovation of the Town Hall Theatre, which won the 2009 Green Mountain Award for Best Building Renovation at the Downtown Conference. Almost $10 million in state and federal historic tax credits have helped fund these projects. Streetscape projects, renovations to three downtown parks and signage have also contributed to the ease of access and identity of the downtown district.
Re-development of the bridge in Middlebury has been the community’s greatest undertaking. Upon completion, the bridge will create better traffic flow, increase visibility to downtown, and encourage growth to remain in and around the city center.
In addition to the many community activities that take place, other draws to the town include Middlebury College and the incredible recreational opportunities that are available in the surrounding area. There is so much to take advantage of, just see for yourself!