Bennington has a bright future
Hallelujah! Finally some good news for downtown Bennington! I was at the last Select Board meeting and heard two presentations that should excite everyone in town. The first presentation was about the revitalization of the airport. The second one was the group investing in the Greenberg block. Let me first address the Greenberg project.
I know the plans sound pretty grand, with a contemplated $20 million investment. But Bill Colvin's demonstration Monday proved to me that, if the stars line up correctly, this could really happen. I can't get into all the particulars in a short letter, but Bill's presentation is worth watching on CAT-TV. The project will have a mixed-use flavor to it. There will be commercial, residential, and (hopefully) some entertainment part in this project. We all know that the Old Castle Theater Company will stay, and it has made some major investments in that part of town. They may even look to expand their operation! Even Martin's Mini-Mart is looking to be an integral part of this project.
The second part that excited me at the meeting was the commitment of a group of partners at the airport. Their goal is to have more people come in by air to visit, vacation, and maybe even to move their families and businesses here. They have developed a well-thought-out marketing plan that exploits all our advantages and amenities. Their vision isn't limited to visitors, but also includes education for people of all ages and possible business recruitment at the airport.
These two projects show that Bennington's greatest asset—the people who live and work here—can develop new and exciting ways to make all of our strengths work together. With people like these and projects like these, our future will be very bright indeed.
— Mike Bethel Bennington