Community Spotlight: Saint Albans
Known as the Maple Sugar Capital of the World, the City of Saint Albans is located at the juncture of routes 7 and 36 in north western Vermont. This year, the City will host its 45th annual Maple Festival from April 15th-17th. The event line up includes a pancake breakfast and sugar house tours, a fiddlers’ variety show and the annual 8.5 mile Sap Run. A complete schedule of events is available on the City’s website.
Saint Albans for the Future (SAFF) is an organization which focuses on both downtown revitalization and improvement to residents’ overall quality of life. In 2006, SAFF completed a comprehensive municipal plan through 2011 that outlines the goals, objectives and policies Saint Albans will implement around land use, transportation, natural-scenic areas, historical sites, energy, housing and economic development. They are sustainable plans and goals that work towards future growth while maintaining the characteristics important to the local community.
The Downtown Master Plan calls for many renovations, developments and revitilizations to parts of the City. Renovations to Taylor Park, which is located in the center of downtown Saint Albans, include tree pruning, removal and planting to allow for shade as well as high canopied trees that won’t block residents’ sightlines. There are also plans to establish a gathering area for the community’s youth, outdoor dining areas, handicap accessible entrances and a memorial program.
Another Downtown Master Plan project underway is the redevelopment of Federal Street property, which connects Federal and Newton Streets. The City of Saint Albans issued a survey on the environmental, traffic and land use impacts of this new connector road along with the redesigning of Federal Street, which includes an upgrade of the road and renovations to the landscape.
Saint Albans considers sustainability and environmental impact in many of their projects. Community events such as the Maple Festival and weekly Farmers Market, which boasts a host of vendors, makes the City of Saint Albans a thriving community.