Neighbors Together was initially formed by St. Stephen’s Church in response to the bridge and rail construction project in downtown Middlebury. We held a series of community forums to gather information about ways we can all work together to support our businesses and community throughout the project. Neighbors Together has now become a grassroots community action group comprised of representatives from a variety of businesses and organizations working together to support the economic, social, and cultural vitality of downtown Middlebury throughout the construction project.
The photo on the right, taken by Peter Dempewolff from the bell tower, shows the enormous impact of this project.
By the end of 2020, the railroad cut next to St. Stephen’s will be replaced with a tunnel, and the land over the tunnel will become part of a much larger and redesigned Triangle Park. This major construction project, parts of which are adjacent to St. Stephen’s, will bring extensive noise and disruption to downtown Middlebury. After the project is completed, the foundations of Saint Stephens should be even more secure.
To help mitigate these effects during 2019 and 2020, Neighbors Together will receive over $200,000 in grant support from the Vermont Department of Transportation; the Town of Middlebury will serve as the agent. These funds will be used for a variety of projects, including advertising campaigns, signage, beautification, special events, a visitors’ center, and the development and upkeep of the Experience Middlebury Web site.
Interested in supporting our town throughout this project? Contact one of the St. Stephen’s committee members for more information on how to volunteer. Nancy Malcolm and Linda Horn, co-chairs, Eric Davis, Amy Hastings, Ed McGuire, and May Morris.