Smart Growth in Action: Camp Meade, Middlesex
Historic Camp Meade, located within the Village of Middlesex, is undergoing a transformation. Designed in the 1930’s to provide housing to Conservation Corps workers, this seven-acre site is now destined to become a mixed-use village center.
Strider Development, LLC of Moretown, VT is in the beginning phase of a five year project to transform Camp Meade into a “village within a village.” The developers, with support from the community, would like to see Camp Meade become an asset to the residents, a place where both socially responsible businesses and housing reside.
The first phase of the project, which was completed in November, is an energy efficient building now home to the Red Hen Bakery & Cafe and artist space. The small, historic cabins will be offered to artists as individual studio spaces.
The Camp Meade development is perfectly located to offer a variety of nearby transportation options, including a park & ride and access to the bus line that runs from Montpelier to Waterbury and Burlington.
The vision for Camp Mead is a village of energy efficient buildings, recycling stations, a streetscape that accomomdates pedestrians and bicyclists, housing and a place were residents can meet their neighbors.