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5 Vermont historic buildings to get $425,000 for village restoration

first_imgUS Senator Patrick Leahy and the Preservation Trust of Vermont announced that five historic downtown buildings will receive federal funds to help spur village redevelopment.  Historic buildings in Putney, Readsboro, Poultney, Richmond and Shoreham will get restoration work using a $425,000 federal grant Leahy secured for the Preservation Trust of Vermont s Village Revitalization Initiative. These historic buildings are at the very heart of the identity and economy of our communities, said Leahy.  These grants do more than ensure the stability and aesthetics of a building, they also open these buildings to the public and help to keep our villages healthy.”Our Village Revitalization Initiative has now provided significant funding for 25 community-based  projects across Vermont,” said Paul Bruhn, executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont.  “Each of these projects is a key piece in each community’s effort to build a successful village center.  We’re most grateful that Senator Leahy is so committed to this effort.”Since 2005, Leahy has secured more than $2 million in federal funds to help rehabilitate more than 25 buildings across the state of Vermont, creating new indoor public spaces and reopening long-shuttered public spaces to Vermonters.  The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board assists in the administration of these grants.Putney General Store – $100,000.  Funding will be used by the town of Putney and the Putney Historical Society to continue restoration of the general store destroyed by fire in May of 2008.  CONTACT:  Lyssa Papazian (802) 387-2878.Readsboro Bullock’s Store – $100,000.  Funding will be used to acquire and begin rehab on the 1880 s era Bullock building in the village of Readsboro.  The rehab work will make the space available to mixed use and community use.  CONTACT: David Marchegiani (802) 423-5416.Poultney Bentley Hall- $100,000.  Funding will be used to restore Bentley Hall on the edge of campus and in the center of Poultney to make the space available to the community.   CONTACT:  Paul Fonteyn, President, Green Mountain College (802) 287-8201.Richmond Round Church – $25,000.  Funds will be used to make restorations to the 195 year-old National Historic Landmark Richmond Round Church.  CONTACT:  Gary Bressor, Richmond Historical Society (802) 434-2800.Shoreham Newton Academy – $100,000.  Funds will be used to restore the 1810 federal style building on the town green in Shoreham.   CONTACT:  Wilson MacIntire, President, Newton Academy Restoration Corporation, (802) 897-2600.In June, Leahy announced that the Chandler Center for the Arts received a $250,000 federal grant through the Village Revitalization Initiative to fund the rehabilitation of the Chandler Music Hall and Gallery in Randolph.Source: Leahy’s office. MONTPELIER, Vt. (Tuesday, Sept. 29)last_img read more

Rare tropical island with just one home on it hits the market

first_imgThis stunning and spacious Pelorus Island property could be all yours.IF you’ve ever dreamt of escaping to an island, here’s your chance.Pelorus Island’s only residential property is being offered to the market for the first time with the 30-year residential lease covering 4040sq m of prime ocean frontage and exclusive access to one of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park’s most stunning offerings — accessible only via private boat or helicopter.This archipelago is widely acknowledged by the boating community as among the best, and most unpopulated, boating destinations in the world, says listing agent James Pascoe. Pelorus Island island is a fishing and boating dream.The property also comes with a fully equipped workshop, a 4×4 tractor and 6.3m Dale boat, beach trailer and 5hp reduction winch on the island along with a road trailer located at Dungeness near Lucinda. “The lease is 30 years (automatically renewable at 85 per cent of expired term) and still has 29 years to run,” Mr Pascoe said.“It is for residential purposes only but buyers are able to build new additional accommodation but may not operate as a resort.” Could this be North Queensland’s best beachside home?“History is that it was part of the Coral Princess Cruise operation with weekly visits from the boat on its Cairns, Hinchinbrook Channel/ Palm group/Barrier Reef five-day cruise,” he said.“The Coral Princess Cruise business was sold to Singaporean interests who didn’t want the island, as their concentration is now on the Kimberleys, thus the owner now has no use for it and the managers are retiring to Mackay.” More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoA spacious island cottage is one of the many extras included in this island property dream.The property comprises a single-level, open-plan cottage and outdoor facilities that take in the best aspects of Pelorus. Fully furnished with unfettered access to all the natural and untouched beauty of the island, this residence has a sprawling veranda at front with sweeping views to the ocean and surrounds just metres from the water.The self-sufficient residence is fully powered by solar with large battery storage systems and dual backup generators on site. Pelorus Island is heaven on earth.Due to its unique positioning, only 17km east of Lucinda, the property has already attracted the interest of numerous buyers, both locally and nationally.“There has been significant local interest from individuals plus syndicates of five or six members looking to use for, say, two months each,” Mr Pascoe said.“Nationally we have had nearly 100 what we regard as reasonably serious inquiries.“We have fielded offers in  the  $1.2 million to $1.5 million range but we had thought it might be worth circa $2 million.”last_img read more