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Re: “Mallsoleum? Vermont's Largest Retail Complex Faces an Uncertain Future

Someone didnt do their research. Finard defaulted on his loan intentionally, with plans to buy it back once it was again for sale. He knew that the property value was well below what he was paying, so he decided not to pay and buy it back for less.

Posted by jefferey92 on 01/17/2018 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Mallsoleum? Vermont's Largest Retail Complex Faces an Uncertain Future

"55-acre indoor arcade"? That must be a typo.

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by snowbrook on 12/22/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Mallsoleum? Vermont's Largest Retail Complex Faces an Uncertain Future

The future, by definition, is uncertain,

7 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by John Dupee on 12/20/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Mallsoleum? Vermont's Largest Retail Complex Faces an Uncertain Future

Support families, not corporations. Shop small & local. Let the big box stores and their out of state investment group owners wither and die.

15 likes, 26 dislikes
Posted by FreedomToThink on 12/20/2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “David Blittersdorf Bets on Vermont Commuter Rail

I can't wait for train service between Burlington and St Albans, desperately needing an alternative to daily driving. I hope this work out!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Kathy2 on 11/18/2017 at 5:27 AM

Re: “Food Fight: Burlington-Area Grocers Spar for Customers

Over the years every reference to the Kmart Plaza mentioned pollution as an obstacle to development. For years Kmart was alone with a huge empty building next to it in a prime retail zone off of Shelburne Rd. The explanation for why no one moved in was that the site was polluted and many millions would be needed to clean it up. I was curious as to why a usually very thorough Molly Walsh did not mention this part of the story.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Claude Lehman on 09/23/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Food Fight: Burlington-Area Grocers Spar for Customers

I love shopping at City Market despite the Dismal parking. I appreciate that it's employee and community owned and also that it consistently supports local farms. I want to know where my food comes from. City Market has a great organic produce department, local meats, and ready to eat section with hot and chilled foods. There is no competition to their outstanding customer service. Every employee is vested in making your shopping experience the best. I live in Hinesburg and visit City Market multiple times each week. I'm looking forward to the opening of the new store as an alternative to driving downtown each time that I want to shop.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Kay Mitchell on 09/22/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Food Fight: Burlington-Area Grocers Spar for Customers

Same for telecom? "The demand for local is strong; the demand for having a community-owned, member-owned [grocery store] is strong," he said.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 09/22/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Food Fight: Burlington-Area Grocers Spar for Customers

With the single exception of Trader Joe's, I am constantly astonished by the lack of good customer service in supermarkets here. I'm not that interested in the grandeur of the store as much as I am in being served by helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, professional, and polite people. Trader Joe's always hits it out of the park, but the others not so much.

14 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Leonard Bast on 09/21/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Food Fight: Burlington-Area Grocers Spar for Customers

The old K-Mart building is a great location for some MUCH needed affordable housing right on the route 7 bus line.

The South Burlington Development Review Board should do their jobs and reject this project for all the reasons this story discusses. There is no need to have this many groceries in such a small distance.

When is South Burlington going to do some actual planning before the developing?

18 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by foundhim on 09/20/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Meet the Brit Who Turned Around Burlington Telecom

Was Stephen Barraclough's relationship to News Corp UK & Ireland Ltd left out of article on purpose? ~

Posted by Honestbabe on 09/08/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “A Williston Official Regulates Land Use — and Develops Projects, Too

Similar conflict of interests exist with Vermont town School Boards. Teachers may not be able to serve on School Boards in the same town they teach in, but they do serve on town School Boards of neighboring towns. The conflict comes at pay negotiation time - the teacher representatives doing the negotiating bounce the pay theyre looking for off the neighboring towns that pay their teachers the most, and so the teacher serving on a school board in a neighboring town wil benefit by pushing the pay as high as he can in the town whose school board he serves on. Small town politics is a very dirty game.

4 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Mountains on 08/26/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “A Williston Official Regulates Land Use — and Develops Projects, Too

The town of Huntington has a similar issue. A member of the DRB and planing commission with close friends on the selectboard, is building a development, one of very few in rural Huntington. The meeting minutes, in my opinion, show some bending of the rules and weaseling of favors that no other land owner would get. The most recent minutes show this person "on the board" til 8pm, then continuing the meeting as an "others present" while discussing his development. Super sketchy.

The biggest issue is that these folks can not objectively recuse themselves fully unless they're off the board. They will always vote with their own best interests in mind.

16 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by jmwd54 on 08/24/2017 at 1:54 AM

Re: “David Blittersdorf Bets on Vermont Commuter Rail

Visionary? Yes, to a degree. Why not completely visionary? Because the need for rail transit in Vermont is just plain obvious. The single occupant car/truck model of transportation is antiquated, expensive and dirty.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Clay Turnbull on 08/14/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

I'm concerned that the water situation, arguably the most important issue in this Hobby/Enterprise, is relegated to a "learn as you go" status. Is it known how much water is required? Is there a contingency plan if the neighbors' water source is drained or contaminated? But, more importantly, given the location of this hobby with respect to Lake Champlain, what about the runoff of the pesticide laden water? Does the runoff magically miss impacting the lake in the same way that pesticides magically don't hurt bees just because you say they don't?
There's a diminishing bee population that might dispute the "magical thinking" logic regarding pesticides.

It would appear there needs to be a lot more work to insure the safety of our lake and our bees to be done before this hobby commences.

13 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Cathy Huskisson on 08/14/2017 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

Nice to see some innovation and agriculture in our state. To all the suburbanites that feel NIMBY,,, move back to New Jersey. If he gets chickens it will get worse, a rooster, OMG

12 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Pixelvt on 08/07/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

Hops production, like other commercial crops, may sometimes require the judicious application of certain chemical products in order to minimize the potential for crop failure. However, the resource demands and hidden costs of raising a successful crop of affluent rural suburbanites on an identical plot in the Charlotte countryside are infinitely greater.

37 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 08/05/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “David Blittersdorf Bets on Vermont Commuter Rail

I hope it works! Can not wait to railfan more trains!

9 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Vermont Railfan on 08/03/2017 at 7:19 PM
Posted by Rich ard on 08/02/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

In Charlotte,McMansions good, Hop farms bad, NIMBYs whining.

45 likes, 28 dislikes
Posted by Thomas Sperry on 08/02/2017 at 1:41 PM

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