By Ethan Weinstein, as seen in VT Digger:


Enlisting the help of Norwich University students, the town of Londonderry will explore the possibility of creating a community center on an undeveloped town property.

Tentatively called the Tri-Mountain Commons, the space would include child care, meeting rooms and housing, according to proponents of the plan.

For now, residents are exploring the possibility of constructing the site on the “Prouty property,” an empty parcel of land owned by the town alongside Route 100, south of the town’s north village…

…In early 2021, Londonderry worked with the Vermont Council on Rural Development to facilitate a community listening project. Out of that work, the town discovered widespread desire for more housing, a community center and increased village revitalization. One Londonderry was created to take action on those ideas, among others.

Jenna Koloski, community engagement and policy director at the Vermont Council on Rural Development, helped organize Londonderry’s listening sessions. Her work with the town was the first of VCRD’s pandemic-era community visits.

Londonderry “built this steering committee of One Londonderry leaders, and we’ve been working with them in an ongoing way to support the work, but it’s really led by local volunteers,” Koloski said. “It’s been really impressive to see what they have been able to accomplish.”

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