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Transportation and Housing Topics at September 15 BCRC Meeting in Manchester

The Bennington County Regional Commission will be holding its next regular meeting at the Manchester Community Library (138 Cemetery Avenue, just off Route 7A north of Manchester Center) on Thursday, September 15. Presentations and discussion will focus on two issues that are each critical to the quality of life of area residents and to regional economic development: transportation and housing.

Michele Boomhower, VTrans Director of Policy, Planning and Intermodal Development, will be on hand to present information on several key areas of concern at the Transportation Agency, including:

  • Budget History and Asset Management
  • FAST Act Funding
  • Organizational Structure
  • Agency Challenges
  • Project Prioritization and Selection
  • Long Range Transportation Plan Update
  • 2016 Legislative Highlights
  • Other Significant Transportation Challenges

There also will be updates on important regional projects such as the roundabout project(s) and pathway development in Bennington, the Depot Street project in Manchester, and the proposed new regional bus shuttle to the Rensselaer Amtrak station.

Shires Housing is a nonprofit developer of affordable housing serving the Bennington County region. The organization currently owns and manages 251 rental units in Bennington County; 36 being in Manchester, 39 in Arlington, 7 in Shaftsbury and 169 in Bennington. Shires’ Executive Director, Stephanie Lane, will provide an overview of the organization and a description of some recent projects as well as projects under development.

Housing development, including concepts of what affordable housing looks like and how it is produced, have evolved in recent years. Jonathan Ryan, a professional architect and a member of Shires Housing’s Board of Directors, will present some of those ideas—from “tiny houses” and micro-apartments to innovative new construction technologies. Ask questions and take some ideas back to your community!

For more information about any of these topics or the meeting, which is free and open to the public, contact Jim Sullivan at the BCRC.