Success Stories

Lessons Learned from Local Project by Gerianne Smart

Don’t sweat the small stuff because NONE OF IT IS SMALL STUFF! Taking on a project such as restoring an opera house or other type of building is a big deal and deserves the attention, chaos and insanity that goes with it. It is also very exciting and rewarding. So, don’t take it on unless you mean business. Read On...

Wilder Block Restoration, Brattleboro

The rehabilitation of the historic Wilder Block following a devastating fire not only preserved a landmark in the Brattleboro Historic District, but it also provided sorely needed affordable housing for lower income renters and commercial space for community businesses. Read on...

The Latchis Theater and Hotel Complex

Fifteen years ago, the Latchis complex in downtown Brattleboro was in derelict condition. That was when Spero Latchis returned to rescue the property that had been built in the 1930s as a tribute to his grandfather. Ever since, Spero and his wife Elizabeth have spent their lives rehabilitating the Art Deco site room by room and piece of furniture by piece of furniture. Read on...

Two Sides Reach Sewer Accord

The town of Milton and the Conservation Law Foundation have signed an agreement that could resolve a long debate over expansion of the town's sewer system. Read On...

Barre's Socialist Labor Party Hall, National Historic Landmark

A Grand Re-Opening Celebration for the Socialist Labor Party (SLP) Hall in Barre, Vermont, was held on September 2, 2000 in the Hall. The outpouring of help and enthusiasm from citizens from all walks of life who came to the celebration demonstrates how a modest building with a remarkable history galvanized a group of townspeople both young and old to take pride in the historic preservation of their hometown. Read on...

Bobcat Cafe Takes Off in Bristol

It's been six months and The Bobcat Cafe in Bristol is going strong and meeting its mission to provide a gathering place for people from the area, according to owner Robert Fuller. Fuller decided to create the restaurant after talking with community members who felt that an English-style neighborhood pub would be just the thing to draw Bristolites together. Read on...

Community Based Real Estate Investment and the Otter Creek Investment Fund, LLC

In the fall of 1997, in response to a steady decline in the commercial vitality of downtown Vergennes, a small group of area residents began meeting to discuss strategies to spark revitalization. Several ideas were pursued concurrently, including the initiation of a public planning process modeled on the National Main Street Center approach. Read on...

Mount Holly Barn Preservation Program

The Mount Holly Barn Preservation Association may appear to have just "growed like Topsy"; but its roots go back to early 2002, when the Mount Holly Planning Commission, responding to community concern about rapid, disruptive development, surveyed residents about their vision for the future of the Town. Read on...

Bridport Restoration Project

First of all, you need a project that has a wide spread appeal, something that needs help. You probably already have that piece. From there I will tell you how our group got going. For our very first meeting we let the word get around that we were interested in fixing up a certain old building in town as a community project. Read on...

It Works! Retreats for Volunteer Preservationists

A bit of magic happens when local volunteer preservationists gather at the Grand Isle Lake House to talk about community projects. Part of the magic comes from the passion of individuals who care deeply about their communities. Read on...

Downtown Barre Building Saved From Demolition . . . Now Home To SPA

Studio Place Arts, Inc., affectionately known as "spa", is a non-profit community center for the visual arts. SPA and the Central Vermont Community Land Trust worked from the spring of 1998 through the end of 1999 to put together financing for the adaptive re-use of the Nichols Block in downtown Barre, Vermont. Read on...