Smart Growth in Action
Removing a drop ceiling to reveal an intact tin ceiling, finding warm hardwood floors under layers of linoleum or ripping off drywall to find a weathered brick wall are some of the treasures Dave Farrington and his wife Bren Alvarez have uncovered when bringing new life to an historic building. Dave, a local builder, focuses on remodeling health facilities and Bren is an architect specializing in green building. Several years ago, they were looking for a project to work on together and found 80,000 square feet on Flynn Avenue in an abandoned building. After investing their time, work and money, the building is now home to FlynnDog Gallery and a number of local businesses. Dave and Bren are now hard at work on 110 Main Street, home of Smart Growth Vermont’s office, and their newest building on the corner of College and South Winooski. Slowly their work has resulted in the rebirth of beautiful, historic buildings that now provide space for non-profits, restaurants and many other businesses.