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Hinseburg Development Receives Housing Endorsement

A new residential development in Hinesburg called Thistle Hill was recently awarded Housing Endorsement from the Vermont Smart Growth Collaborative. This designation is given to new residential developments that are consistent with Vermont’s historic pattern of compact, walkable villages and cities surrounded by working rural lands.
“Thistle Hill is a strong model for how to build new neighborhoods that fit Vermont,” said Noelle MacKay, Executive Director of Smart Growth Vermont, a member of the Vermont Smart Growth Collaborative. “It will provide homes for middle-income Vermonters in the kind of walkable community that so many people are looking for.”
The developer of Thistle Hill is Hinesburg Hillside, LLC, an affiliated company of Sterling Construction, Inc., which is based in South Burlington. Construction is underway, with 57 homes to be built over the next five years by Sterling Construction.
“We’re excited to have received Housing Endorsement for this project,” said Bart Frisbie, a partner in Hinesburg Hillside. “It was designed and is being built with so many of the endorsement criteria in mind, from the village location to the mix of housing types. It’s great to see the traditional Vermont-style work that we do recognized and honored in this way.”
The community includes single family homes, duplexes, and condos for seniors. It is within walking distance of Hinesburg’s village center, with a wide range of services and jobs located close by. It has sidewalks along the streets as well as walking paths in a conserved wooded area, making it easy for residents to get around without getting in their cars.
“This project scored well in the Housing Endorsement process,” MacKay noted. “The developers are making a real effort to build a great neighborhood that provides housing options for a wide range of folks while preserving important agricultural lands and open space.”
The Vermont Smart Growth Collaborative is a diverse partnership of Vermont nonprofit organizations working together to promote development strategies in Vermont that build on our state’s traditional landscape. For more information about the collaborative, visit www.vtsmartgrowth.org. Smart Growth Vermont is a founding member of the Vermont Smart Growth Collaborative.