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Pittsford Community Meeting Sparks Involvement

A cool cloudy Saturday did not keep folks in Pittsford from coming out to learn how other towns have made community centers, restaurants, senior housing and village greens a reality – all projects they are considering on 15+ acres in the heart of their village.
A local non-profit, Pittsford Community Corporation (PCC), has an option to purchase the property and has been working with Smart Growth Vermont and Preservation Trust of Vermont to involve the residents and ask what projects they think would enhance the village. The panel of speakers shared tips and lessons they learned in developing similar projects –

  • Joanne Harrison talked about the development of River Arts in Morrisville;
  • Linda Ramsdell shared how they developed Claire’s Restaurant as a community supported enterprise and how it has become a place where residents can meet and catch up;
  • Lyssa Papazian told how the community is committed to rebuilding the Putney General Store even after two devastating fires; and
  • Nancy Owens, President of Housing Vermont, illustrated how one community, Proctorsville in Cavendish, created a town green, restored historic buildings and created new housing units.

Representative Butch Shaw urged residents to get involved, learn more about the project, and consider how such projects could strengthen the village. PCC representatives noted that the first step is to raise money to purchase the property. Several people have come forward since the meeting to volunteer their time and skills to keep the project moving forward. For more information on the project, check out the Pittsford page in the Community Planning Partnership section of our website.