Vermont Downtown Board approves South Burlington’s new ‘Town Center’ designation

first_imgVermont s second largest municipality is one step closer to developing a new downtown after getting a key designation that will allow it favorable tax treatment on development there. The Vermont Downtown Board recently approved the City of South Burlington s application for New Town Center designation, paving the way for the establishment of a multi-story downtown area on undeveloped lands surrounding the new Market Street across from University Mall, including the San Remo Drive area. This decision formalizes the state s recognition of the city s long-standing desire to create a new downtown, said Kevin Dorn, Vermont Secretary of Commerce and Community Development and chairman of the Downtown Board. We re very pleased to have received this designation, said Paul Conner, Director of Planning and Zoning for the City. We appreciate the Board s recognition of our ongoing work to develop a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use core to our community. Having this designation in hand will now provide us access to State incentive programs aimed at promoting this kind of smart growth at the local level.The New Town Center designation will allow South Burlington to apply to make the area a Tax Increment Financing District, which allows municipalities to keep some of the new Education Property Tax dollars generated by the development to pay for infrastructure costs.To obtain New Town Center designation, municipalities must demonstrate that their planning process, regulations, and capital expenditures are adequate to yield multi story development that is:Denser than surrounding areas;Mixed use, and;Includes civic buildings and affordable housing. Applicants must also show that there is adequate water and wastewater capacity to serve the anticipated development. The city s application was very thorough, Dorn said. And the Board was very impressed with the planning work done over the years.  We look forward to the development of a very livable, mixed use downtown area for South Burlington something that residents have wanted for a long time.In addition to the designation process for New Town Centers, the Downtown Board also oversees designation of downtowns and village centers, Growth Centers, and Vermont Neighborhoods;  provides training and technical assistance; and administers grant and tax credit programs related to downtowns and village centers.To date, 23 downtowns and 94 village centers have been designated, as well as 4 Growth Centers (including Williston and Colchester), and one New Town Center in Colchester.  More at: http://www.historicvermont.org/programs/downtown.html(link is external)Source: Commerce Agency. 2.4.2010.last_img read more

Betty Drew, 81

first_imgBetty Drew, 81, of Greensburg, formerly of Osgood passed away at 7:55pm Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Morning Breeze in Greensburg. She was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on March 26, 1935 the daughter of Wesley and Adina Coffey Gibson. She was married to David Drew on December 27, 1955 and he preceded her in death on June 18, 2000. Survivors include two brothers Donahue (Linda) Gibson of Westport and Hobart Gibson of Versailles; two sisters Trula Thornton of Covington, Kentucky and Delia (Earl) Thomas of Greensburg, along with several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Willie Earl Gibson and James Gibson, and her sister Edna Garrett. Mrs. Drew was a former employee of Dr. Scholl’s shoe factory in Cincinnati and spent much of her free time at the Jennings County Senior Center in North Vernon where she enjoyed dancing. Betty was a member of the Versailles Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 26th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Earl Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery. Visitation is Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. Memorials may be given to the Shelby Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

UK racing remains hopeful for crowd pilot events

first_img StumbleUpon BHA cautious on racing resumption date amid mid-May rumours May 6, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Share PM casts doubt over imminent resumption for professional sport May 11, 2020 Ascot adds three-year extension to Sky Sports Racing deal August 14, 2020 Racecourse officials are awaiting news from the UK government regarding which fixtures will be permitted to host pilot events as racing inks plans to bring back crowds.A crowd of 5,000 were originally due to attend the final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival last month, alongside four bookmakers. However, these plans were scuppered following an announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who called off the pilot event citing fears over the coronavirus infection rate.The government has since given the green light for a small number of sporting events to welcome crowds, starting with the final of the World Snooker Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre this weekend.Speaking to Sky Sports Racing, Paul Struthers, chief executive of the Professional Jockeys Association, said: “I know Doncaster are up and ready to undertake a trial and have advanced plans, so fingers crossed for that.“It’s hugely important because across the entire economy you need to get people back. In racing we have really stringent protocols. Racing is an outside sport and there is lots of outdoor space available.“Please God we can get people back and back safely because it’s a long road ahead for so many different industries but ours in particular if we can’t.”Racing leaders hope that if the pilot events are safe, then further competition events will be reopened with social distancing measures in place from 1 October.Doncaster Racecourse has been earmarked as one of the tracks which could host a pilot event, with the four-day St Leger Festival – commencing on September 9 and ending on September 12 – suggested as a possibility.last_img read more