Two Addison County Towns Win Community Development Grants

The Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD) announced winning fiscal year 2016 Municipal Planning Grants including the Towns of Middlebury & Panton in Addison County. These support local planning & community revitalization initiatives that build strong communities and improve Vermont’s quality of life. Grants are awarded annually and administered by the Department of Housing & Community Development. Since 1998, the program has provided over $11 million to 232 cities and towns. This year, over $478,000 was awarded to 45 municipalities. The winning FY16 projects in Addison County are described below:

Middlebury – Planning for State Designated Downtown: Increased downtown investment and activity has limited Middlebury’s available parking. Therefore, the town will use grant funds to study and evaluate its options including potential sites for a downtown parking garage. For more information, contact Jennifer Murray jmurray@townofmiddlebury.org. Total Project Cost: $26,000 Grant Funds Awarded: $20,000

Panton – Municipal Plan: Grant funds will help update the town plan to address issues of flood resilience, stormwater management, shoreline protection, and water quality. For more information, contact John Viskup jhviskup@gmail.com. Total Project Cost: $11,130 Grant Funds Awarded: $10,087