09.29.09

Leahy Announces Downtown Redevelopment Projects To Increase Public Access To 5 Vermont Historic Buildings

MONTPELIER, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy and the Preservation Trust of Vermont announced that five historic downtown buildings will receive federal funds to help spur village redevelopment.  Historic buildings in Putney, Readsboro, Poultney, Richmond and Shoreham will get restoration work using a $425,000 federal grant Leahy secured for the Preservation Trust of Vermont’s Village Revitalization Initiative.
 
"These historic buildings are at the very heart of the identity and economy of our communities," said Leahy.  "These grants do more than ensure the stability and aesthetics of a building, they also open these buildings to the public and help to keep our villages healthy."
 
"Our Village Revitalization Initiative has now provided significant funding for 25 community-based  projects across Vermont," said Paul Bruhn, executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont.  "Each of these projects is a key piece in each community's effort to build a successful village center.  We're most grateful that Senator Leahy is so committed to this effort."
 
Since 2005, Leahy has secured more than $2 million in federal funds to help rehabilitate more than 25 buildings across the state of Vermont, creating new indoor public spaces and reopening long-shuttered public spaces to Vermonters.  The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board assists in the administration of these grants.
 
Putney General Store - $100,000.  Funding will be used by the town of Putney and the Putney Historical Society to continue restoration of the general store destroyed by fire in May of 2008.  CONTACT:  Lyssa Papazian (802) 387-2878.
 
Readsboro Bullock's Store - $100,000.  Funding will be used to acquire and begin rehab on the 1880’s era Bullock building in the village of Readsboro.  The rehab work will make the space available to mixed use and community use.  CONTACT: David Marchegiani (802) 423-5416.
 
Poultney Bentley Hall
- $100,000.  Funding will be used to restore Bentley Hall on the edge of campus and in the center of Poultney to make the space available to the community.   CONTACT:  Paul Fonteyn, President, Green Mountain College (802) 287-8201.
 
Richmond Round Church
- $25,000.  Funds will be used to make restorations to the 195 year-old National Historic Landmark Richmond Round Church.  CONTACT:  Gary Bressor, Richmond Historical Society (802) 434-2800.
 
Shoreham Newton Academy
- $100,000.  Funds will be used to restore the 1810 federal style building on the town green in Shoreham.   CONTACT:  Wilson MacIntire, President, Newton Academy Restoration Corporation, (802) 897-2600.
 
In June, Leahy announced that the Chandler Center for the Arts received a $250,000 federal grant through the Village Revitalization Initiative to fund the rehabilitation of the Chandler Music Hall and Gallery in Randolph.

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