More than a dozen revitalization projects in towns and villages across Vermont will divvy up $2.8 million dollar in state sales-tax incentives.
Gov. Phil Scott announced the funding for 16 projects Tuesday at the Albany General Store, which will now be rebuilt from a fire that ripped through the building in 2014.
“It has left a significant hole in this community when it was closed due to a fire in 2014,” Scott said. “Since then, this small town of 800 has been without a store to buy groceries, baked goods, coffee, gas and newspapers.”
Albany Community Trust will receive more than $55,000 to bring the store back to the community gathering point it once was.
“It wasn’t just a place to get groceries and a cup of coffee, but also a place to gather and meet with neighbors and form a little bit of a community connection,” said Danielle Sukkaew, of the Albany Community Trust.
The trust is in charge of raising the rest of the 360,000 dollar the project costs.
“While this might not be the biggest project we’ve ever funded through this program, this store is critically important to the social fabric of Albany,” said Scott.
Other projects receiving funding include the Fairbanks Museum in Saint Johnsbury, the Park Street School in Springfield and the City Place project in downtown Burlington.