Interest in the Region’s Village Centers Continues to Grow
In acknowledgement of Arlington’s efforts to support economic and community revitalization, the Vermont Downtown Development Board awarded village center designations to both Arlington and East Arlington Villages. This designation recognizes Arlington’s commitment to build strong and healthy village centers and creates a new partnership with the Department of Housing and Community Development to support the community’s ongoing revitalization efforts.
“The Board is impressed with Arlington’s dedication to economic revitalization and we look forward to collaborating with the community to make these important community centers even more active and vibrant ” said Noelle MacKay, Chair of the Downtown Board and Commissioner of Housing and Community Development. “The designation program is a useful tool for communities and helps pave the way for public and private investments that result in economic growth, job creation, and public improvements.”
Staff from the Department of Housing and Community Development also met with the Pownal Planning Commission to tour that community, review the ongoing process of updating the Town Plan, and to discuss how those efforts can support renewal of village center designations for Pownal, Pownal Center, and North Pownal.
Communities with designated centers receive priority consideration for state grants and access to technical assistance through the Department of Housing and Community Development. In addition, qualified commercial building owners and leaseholders within the designated village center are eligible for state tax credits to support exterior and interior building improvements. Almost 150 downtowns and villages are designated across Vermont. To learn more about the program and its benefits, contact Richard Amore, (802) 828-5229 or visit http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/opportunities/revitalization/village_center.