113 Main Street Visioning Project

Project Summary
The Town of Richford will work with the local Economic Advancement Corporation, REAC, to engage the community in developing a vision and concept site plan for part of the Missisquoi Overlook Park brownfield site, which will be used to study cleanup options by the VT DEC.  A confluence of recreation related resources come together at this location and there is an opportunity to plan for how best to improve the area for the benefit of the Richford community.  For more information, please contact Greta Brunswick at email or at (802) 524-5958.

Community Visioning Forum
On May 8, Northwest Regional Planning Commission and VHB Landscape Architects will facilitate a visioning forum focusing on the rear part of the 113 Main Street property, but considering a vision for the area as a whole.
WHAT: Community Visioning Forum
DATE: Tuesday May 8, 2018
TIME: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Missisquoi Overlook Park (5:30) and then Pinnacle Room at Main Street Mill (5:50) Refreshments Provided!

Steering Committee Agendas and Minutes
Public Workshop Results - Image Board
Public Workshop Results - Site Plans

Project History and Background
Recent revitalization efforts have been centered on rebranding Richford as a hub for accessing outdoor recreation, such as the trail town designation by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.  This strategy tackles two of Richford’s most challenging issues: economic development through the promotion of recreation based tourism and building healthy lifestyles by improving and promoting recreation assets for local residents.  Redevelopment of the brownfield site formerly known as the hole in Main Street into the Missisquoi Overlook Park beginning in 2012 is one example of recent success.  The upper part of the Missisquoi Overlook Park was remediated and redeveloped by REAC to include a widened sidewalk and attractive wrought iron fence along Main Street overlooking the Missisquoi River and Green Mountains.  REAC has received a Recreation Facilities Grant to install hardscape improvements, including benches and potted plants.   From Main Street, stairs will descend to a path connecting with a service road and the future Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail extension.  Across the road/trail on the left is a Northern Forest Canoe Trail portage and primitive campground.  On the right, is a continuation of the Missisquoi Overlook Park property owned by REAC - the subject of this project.