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Governor Shumlin announces $1.9 million in community development grants: New jobs, affordable homes, and downtown revitalization will result


MORRISTOWN, Vt. — Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that the former Arthur’s department store, a landmark building in the center of Morristown, will be renovated into new commercial space and affordable apartments with the help of a $600,000 grant from the state.

The downtown revitalization project was one of seven Vermont Community Development Program grants totaling nearly $2 million awarded by Commerce and Community Development Secretary Lawrence Miller at a ceremony in Morristown.

The building that was once home to Arthur’s has been vacant since its owners retired.

“This funding will help restore an historic building and economic activity in the heart of downtown,” said Gov. Shumlin. “It will also create 18 units of much needed affordable housing. This is just one of several grants that will bring jobs and new homes to communities across the state.”

“In addition to helping municipalities meet the needs of their residents, VCDP grants often serve as building blocks for community revitalization,” said Secretary Miller. “Morristown, with the support of the Vermont Council on Rural Development, prioritized its goals for the future, including the redevelopment of downtown buildings. Our agency is pleased to support its goals with this funding. Building stronger communities is central to our mission.”

Morristown will subgrant the funds to Housing Vermont and the Lamoille Housing Partnership which will develop and manage 18 new apartments for low and moderate-income Vermonters on the upper floors of the building. Commercial space will be created on the street level...

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