Kathy O'Brien

What's Happening with City Place?

Miro Weinberger

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger reacts after an executive session briefing on the stalled CityPlace development project on Monday. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

BURLINGTON — Brookfield Asset Management is considering an “extensive” redesign of the major downtown CityPlace development project, an architect working on the project told a group of city officials outside of a City Council executive session within earshot of reporters Monday.

Architect Will Fellows of PKSB Architects told a group that included consultant Jeff Glassberg and former interim CEDO director David White that the planned changes were “quite radical” and could delay the project further. Developer Don Sinex told Fellows about the changes after Sinex learned about them from Brookfield.

Approached afterward by a reporter, Fellows, who has worked with Sinex on the project, said that his statements were not meant to be overheard.

“It’s all hearsay,” he said. “I really can’t talk about it.”

The site of the $220 million development has sat empty as projected construction start dates have come and gone. The one-year mark since construction stalled approaches in August.

With the exception of the removal of the billboards featuring Sinex surrounding the site last month, the site looks the same as it did following the conclusion of the demolition of the former mall last summer.

Mayor Miro Weinberger said the city expected Brookfield to make a statement later this week updating the public on the status of the project.

“The core of this is the private development, and I think it’s critical that Brookfield be the one to update the public on the status,” he said.

The city is planning on using $22 million in tax increment financing for public improvements, primarily to pay to connect Pine and St. Paul streets from Cherry to Bank streets, which would go through the development project.

Glassberg, the consultant hired by the city to manage their end of the project, gave the update to the council in executive session. After the meeting, he said “change” was going to be the theme of Brookfield’s communication.

“Our effort is to get construction underway, and we’re trying to figure out the shortest path to get there,” he said

Weinberger would not confirm or deny if Brookfield was considering major design changes.

“I’ll have a lot more to say when they have done what is really their job, which is to update the public and everyone who’s been involved in this bidding process,” Weinberger said.

Glassberg said he did not know if there were going to be major design changes.

“We’ve got a whole lot of issues in the air with the project developer,” he said. “It’s the third week of July and they’re not under construction. Something is likely to change.”

While concerns from the public and city officials about the lack of construction progress on the project continues to grow, Brookfield has vowed that the company was completely committed to the project and working toward starting construction.

Neither Sinex nor representatives of Brookfield were present at Monday’s meeting.

Voegele, the senior vice president for development of Brookfield Properties, did not respond to calls and emails requesting an update on the project. Sinex replied to an email only to say that questions should be directed to Voegele.

In May Brookfield was working on finalizing the project’s financing after securing a term sheet from the Bank of the Ozarks. Voegele said Brookfield was also evaluating the project’s design, reviewing construction bids, working with the city on utilizing tax increment funding, or TIF, for public improvements and fighting a lawsuit filed by project opponents.

These steps were laid out in a check-list of “milestones” that the developers had to accomplish before the restart of construction, according to a memo Brookfield provided to the City Council. It’s unclear how much progress has been made on the steps laid out in that memo.

City attorney Eileen Blackwood recommended Monday’s update be held in executive session as it related to the city’s development agreement with the developers. Progressive councilors Max Tracy and Perri Freeman voted against holding the executive session.

Brookfield’s last appearance before the City Council was April 30, when Voegele said that Brookfield could not specify a date for the restart of construction. Brookfield said they were aiming for a June 1 restart after Sinex told VTDigger in March that construction would restart May 6.

While Sinex had been the public face of the project, Brookfield increased its involvement last fall and told the council in January that Brookfield was now involved in the day-to-day management of the project.


Aidan Quigley / VTDigger's Burlington and Chittenden County reporter. 


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    Burton to add a Music Venue

    Zoning Change Will Allow Burton to Move Forward With Music Venue


    The proposed concert venue space at Burton - FILE: SASHA GOLDSTEIN

    • The proposed concert venue space at Burton

    The Burlington City Council on Monday night approved a controversial zoning change that will allow Burton Snowboards to move forward with a conceptual plan to build out its Industrial Parkway facility with music venue Higher Ground as an anchor tenant. 

    A large council majority approved an amendment to the Enterprise-Light Manufacturing District, a South End area that previously limited performing arts centers to Pine Street and capped them at 5,000 square feet. Under certain conditions, the amendment will allow for such venues to be built up to 15,000 square feet on Industrial Parkway, where Burton owns 155,000 square feet of space between two buildings.


    Councilor Joan Shannon, a Democrat whose South District contains the affected area, was the lone no in the 10-1 roll call vote. Councilor Chip Mason (D-Ward 5) recused himself. 

    Now that the amendment has passed, Burton can begin the process of relocating Higher Ground from South Burlington. It also intends to lease space to Talent Skatepark, which closed its indoor park in South Burlington last summer. 

    Additionally, Burton wants to create a food hall at the complex. Mad Taco co-owner Wes Hamilton said Monday that his restaurant is eager to open there, as is Misery Loves Company. 

    The vote came after impassioned testimony on both sides of the issue. Proponents said the project aligns with the South End’s vitality as an arts hub while opponents expressed worries over increased noise and traffic in what is largely a quiet residential area. 

    Justin Worthley, Burton’s senior vice president of human resources, said the company will fully participate in the permitting process, during which time such issues will be addressed. He said Burton has envisioned this build-out for at least 12 years. The company  has hosted dozens of public tours, Worthley said, and representatives have attended a handful of Neighborhood Planning Assembly meetings to explain the plans. 

    While Burton may have good intentions, neighbor Ben Traverse said, the company won't be able to build better city infrastructure around the facility. That is up to officials, who Traverse said should wait until the area is better equipped to handle the increased traffic before allowing the zoning change to go forward. 

    Some concerned citizens noted that there were more than 100 police calls to Higher Ground in a year’s time. Alan Newman, a part-owner of the music venue, clarified that only two of those calls resulted in arrests. 

    “It's only reasonable to determine that if this venue takes place in Burlington and it’s larger, the police will be called even more,” resident Gail Asbury said. 

    Others suggested the council delay the vote until the Champlain Parkway is built. 



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      Mortgage Rates Drop encourages more home buying

      Drop in Mortgage Rates Could Put Market in 2005 Territory

      The recent plunge in mortgage rates may help the market for home loans surge to a 14-year high, according to recent housing forecasts. In the past month, mortgage rates have posted their biggest drop in a decade, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaging 4.08 percent last week, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly mortgage market survey.

      The rate decline has enticed more home buyers to enter the market, prompting mortgage demand to reach its highest level since the fall of 2016. Mortgage applications jumped 18.6 percent last week as borrowers rushed to lock in lower financing costs. Mark Watson, director of forecasting for mortgage advisory firm iEmergent, predicts $1.2 trillion in home lending this year, which would be the best year since 2005. “We think the lower mortgage rates will create a huge push, partly from millennial buyers,” Watson told HousingWire. “That is going to support strong growth in home sales over the next several years.”

      iEmergent projects a 3.9 percent increase in total home loan volume this year. That’s more optimistic than other forecasters, such as Freddie Mac, which is predicting a 1.5 percent increase in total mortgage lending for 2019, and the Mortgage Bankers Association, which predicts a 1 percent gain.

      But the threat of higher mortgage rates is diminishing. The Federal Reserve announced at its January meeting that due to a slowing economy, it does not plan to raise its short-term key interest rates again this year. Therefore, mortgage rates will likely stay low for a while, which will bode well for the housing market, Watson says. “The benefits of the decline in mortgage rates that we’ve seen this year will continue to unfold over the next few months due to the lag from changes in mortgage rates to market sentiment and ultimately home sales,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

      iEmergent predictions. Visit source link at the end of the article for more information.

      © iEmergent



      Low Mortgage Rates May Drive Home Purchase Lending to 14-Year High,” HousingWire (April 8, 2019) and “iEmergent’s Mortgage Forecast Update: Why We’re Staying Put for 2019,” iEmergent (April 3, 2019)


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        The "Burlington " Bike Path

        Some interesting information from the City of Burlington about the "Bike Path".



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        Island Line Trail : Burlington Waterfront Bike Path

        Vermont Rail Trails
        Northern Vermont�

        Urban Legend, Waterfront Parks, Beaches, Bike Ferry, Family Friendly, Wildlife Watch
        Trail Description

        Location:�Along the shore of Lake Champlain. City of Burlington to Colchester, Vermont in Chittenden County.

        Trail Length:�12.5 miles

        7.5 miles to Winooski River, 8.2 miles to Airport Park and an additional 5 unpaved miles on Colchester Causeway section of the Island Line Trail.�

        Trail Surface:�Asphalt�

        Trail Difficulty:�Easy

        Trail Use:�Bicycling, runners, walkers and in-line skaters.

        Trail Features:�Lake Champlain vistas,, 0.5 mile elevated bike trail bridge over the Winooski River, waterfront parks and beaches.�

        Caution:�Multi-use recreational trail. Ride responsibly.�

        Mountain Bike Trails Near Burlington, VT
        Colchester - South Hero Trail�
        Mobbs Farm Mountain Bike Trails
        Hinesburg Town Forest Mountain Bike Trails
        Lake Champlain Bikeway Network


        Island Line Trail - Burlington Bike Path Map

        Note:�The free trail maps on this website have been simplified to provide an overview with approximate locations of trails and special features.�Read Full Disclaimer.

        Directions :�Burlington Waterfront Bike Path trailheads with parking.

        mile 0: Oakledge Park (2 Flynn Avenue)
        mile 2.1: Union Station (1 King Street)
        mile 3.4: North Beach (9 Institute Road)
        mile 5.1: Leddy Park (290 Leddy Park Road)
        mile 8.2: Airport Park (201 Colchester Point Road)

        Island Line Trail - Burlington Waterfront Bike Path Description

        Both the 7.5 mile paved Burlington Bike Path and the 5 mile Colchester Causeway Trail are part of the spectacular Island line Trail. The southern section of the Island Line, The Burlington Waterfront Bike Path, is the pride of Burlington, Vermont's largest city. It's urban riding at it's best with its bicycle and pedestrian friendly downtown.

        The Burlington Bike Path runs north and south on the former railbed of the Rutland Rutland-Canadian Railroad along Lake Champlain from the southern end of Burlington at Oakledge Park to the northern end at the mouth of the Winooski River. There it meets up with the 5 mile unpaved�Colchester-South Hero Trail, the northern section of the Island Line Trail. A new 0.5 mile long elevated trail bridge now connects the two trails.�

        The route runs along Burlington's Waterfront, offering gorgeous Adirondack mountain views and Lake Champlain vistas the entire way. It connects 6 waterfront parks and parallels an active rail line for about two miles. Explore the many historic and cultural sites along or near the bicycle path, stop for a picnic and swim at North Beach, one of several waterfront parks along the route, or just relax on a bench to admire the sunset.

        The best place to start is from the historic Union Station located at the western end of Main Street in the heart of Burlingtons waterfront, where showers, a health club and bicycle lockers and racks are available. Located next to the station is the Local Motion Trailside Center, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote safe bicycling and other recreational activities on the bike path.�

        Cycling maps, air, info and advice are available as well as snacks. Outside the Center are trailside tables where you can relax and watch the world go by. While you are there, pick up the "Cycle the City" brochure for a 10-mile, self-guided historic loop tour which passes the historic Ethan Allen Homestead.

        North Beach

        Located right off the Burlington Bike Path at the end of Institute Road off North Avenue. Facilties include swimming, picnic areas with grills, a full service snack bar and playground. A lifeguard is available from the end of June to August 22 and weekends up until Labor Day, weather permitting. An outfitter set up at the south end of the beach, offers kayak and canoe rentals as well as a variety of kayaking classes and expeditions on the lake. Hey! There is even a foot shower to wash your feet before putting your cycling shoes back on.

        Other beaches along the path are�Leddy Park�and�Oakledge Park. Both offer a swimming beach (no lifeguards), grills and picnic tables and restrooms. Access is free to walkers, runners, bikers, and roller bladers via the Burlington Bike Path.

        North Beach Campground

        Camp right along Lake Champlain. Operated by the Burlington Department of Parks and Recreation, it offers a premier municipal sand beach, shaded campsites and picnic grounds. The Burlington Bike Path goes right through the campground, making it a very convenient overnight stop on a longer trip or a weekend cycling getaway.

        Reservations: 1-800-571-1198

        Urban Reserve

        An industrial site until the 1960s, the Urban Reserve was purchased and cleaned up by the city of Burlington to preserve forty-five acres of prime waterfront property as a "land bank" for future generations. Residents have the challenge and opportunity to participate in planning for it's future. The reserve is open to the public for walking, fishing, birdwatching, biking and offers nice lake views.

        Ethan Allen Homestead

        Situated in an idyllic setting overlooking a quiet stretch of the Winooski River. Learn about Vermont's most unusual and flamboyant folk hero and life in the 18th century. The homestead and grounds are open from sunrise to sunset. Enjoy the spectacular scenery, riverside picnic areas and walking trails. (no restrooms available).�

        Phone: 802-865-4556 / Website: www.ethanallenhomestead.org

        Getting there by Bus

        The CCTA 11, the FREE College Street shuttle is a primary link from the Bike Path to downtown Burlington and the University of Vermont. All CCTA buses are equipped with easy to use bike racks, which hold 2 bikes.�

        See www.cctaride.org for schedules.


        Historical Notes

        In 1899 the 3.5 mile causeway was built by the Rutland-Canada Railroad to connect the New England seacoast with the Great Lakes region crossing this stretch of Lake Champlain. The line included 41 miles of track, six miles of marble causeways and trestles, and four drawbridges. Built in only one year, the Rutland and Canadian was a spectacularly scenic railroad.

        Rail operations ceased by 1961. The conversion from Rails-To-Trails began in 1973. With the help of State and federal funding, Burlington's Bike Path was completed in 1986.



        For More Information

        Burlington Parks and Recreation

        Phone:�(802) 864-0123
        TTY:�(802) 863-0450

        Website:�Burlington Parks & Recreation


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          155 Spear Street Charlotte - Land


          Listed by Kathy O'Brien and Patrick O'Connell of Four Seasons Sotheby's Int'l Realty

          This 130.9 Acre Parcel is located in a prime location in Charlotte Vermont with elevated 180 degree views to the Green Mountains. With clearing there will be strategic views west to Adirondacks. This rare piece of land has good soils for septic capability. Meadows, woodlands, streams and a beautiful pine forest. Build your dream home and have land to create a sustainable lifestyle or simply enjoy. The build sites are high on the ridge while the incredible low areas are stunning as quoted by a Vermont Naturalist that has been on site: "The multiple sunny meadows on the south and north side are beautiful. The wetlands that surround the streams running through the center of the property are gorgeous with a mix of sedge meadows and shallow marshes. The hemlock dominated forest on the east side of the stream is majestic dotted with pools of water- these tracks of land used more by wildlife then people are the exception to the norm in Charlotte. The forested streams and intact wetlands also protect water quality and support the health of the Laplatte River which runs nearby" - end quote from the naturalist. Currently the owners have the Laplatte Organic Beef Cattle grazing a portion of the land for Vermont Current Use Tax Benefits. The land may be subdivided into three lots only per the family wishes. A once in a lifetime property and 20 minutes to downtown Burlington Vermont. With a subdivided lot - this will facilitate infra structure expenses.



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            33 McGregor Point - One of a kind Lakefront property

            33 McGregor Point- Listing for Sale


            Listed by Kathy O'Brien of Four Seasons Sotheby's Int'l Realty

            Need an inspirational world to live in? This 10 acre private setting on Lake Champlain is the answer. Sun drenched rolling lawn to 500 feet of direct easy access lakefront is a rare commodity on the lake. The beach is terrific for swimming, kayaking and docks for boating. The southeast exposure is stunning with views that go on forever. The west sun in the evening on this land is serene and beautiful. Be sure to watch the video online!.McGregor Point is a private enclave on a broad section of Lake Champlain only 45 minutes to Burlington Vermont. The owners have taken pride in enhancing the property with quality architectural details. The great room has a wall of glass to the view and an open floor plan to the kitchen. Warm wood trim finishes add to the mix of handsome stone/granite fireplaces, tiles & wood flooring throughout the home. The first floor master suite is complete with a custom built loft/office and spa bathroom. Porch with hot tub opens to expansive mahogany deck facing the views. Two additional bedrooms are upstairs with private balcony, bath and open hallway with overlook to lake views! A full walk out lower level with full floor to ceiling windows facing the lake has a family room with fireplace, bar, bath and two rooms. The newer built attached 3 car garage has a perfect space above to finish as a guest area or in-law suite. The radiant floor heat and central air conditioning was designed per smart energy audit. Vermont lake living at it's best!




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              One Loan for Purchase and Renovation


              One Loan for Purchase & Renovations

              The FNMA HomeStyle conventional mortgage allows a buyer to purchase a home that needs renovations and include them in the financing.  This facilitates the purchase of the home and the renovations in one loan rather than getting a separate second mortgage or home equity line of credit.

              The combination of these loans should save closing costs as well as interest rates which would typically be higher on a home improvement loan.

              The borrower will need to have an itemized, written bid from a contractor covering the scope of the improvements.  Any type of renovation or repair is eligible if it is a permanent part of the property.  Improvements must be completed within 12 months from the date the mortgage loan is delivered.

              • 15 and 30-year fixed rate and eligible adjustable rate loans are available.
              • Typical FNMA down payments are available starting as low as 3% for a one-unit principal residence to 25% for three and four-unit principal residence and one-unit investment properties.
              • Borrower must choose his or her own contractor to perform the renovation.
              • Lender must review the contractor hired by the borrower to determine if they are adequately qualified and experienced for the work being performed. The Contractor Profile Report (Form 1202) can be used to assist the lender in making this determination.
              • Borrowers must have a construction contract with their contractor. Fannie Mae has a model Construction Contract (Form 3734) that may be used to document the construction contract between the borrower and the contractor.
              • Plans and specifications must be prepared by a registered, licensed, or certified general contractor, renovation consultant, or architect. The plans and specifications should fully describe all work to be done and provide an indication of when various jobs or stages of completion will be scheduled (including both the start and job completion dates)

              Up to 50% of the renovation funds may be advanced for the cost of materials after the closing of the loan.

              This mortgage does have a provision for the borrower to do a portion of the work themselves if it doesn't exceed 10% of the total project and it must pass inspection on completion just as the contractor's work.

              It is recommended that borrowers thoroughly research this program before they commit to a loan.  For detailed information, see FNMA HomeStyle Renovation Mortgage and Selling Guide Announcement SEL-2017-02.   It is important to work with a mortgage officer who is familiar with these loans who can guide you through the process.

              Contact me, Kathy O'Brien, to talk about renovation and purchase loans.


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                Spring To Do List for Homeowners

                To-Do List for Better Homeowners

                Checklists work because they contain the important things that need to be done.  They provide a reminder about things we know and realize but may have slipped our minds as well as inform us about things we didn't consider.  Periodic attention to these areas can protect the investment in your home.

                1. Change HVAC filters regularly.  Consider purchasing a supply of the correct sizes needed online and they'll even remind you when it's time to order them again.
                2. Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors annually.
                3. Create and regularly update a Home Inventory to keep track of personal belongings in case of burglary or casualty loss.
                4. Keep track of capital improvements, with a Homeowners Tax Guide, made to your home throughout the year that increases your basis and lowers gain.
                5. Order free credit reports from all three bureaus once a year at www.AnnualCreditReport.com.
                6. Challenge your property tax assessment when you receive that year's assessment when you feel that the value is too high.  We can supply the comparable sales and you can handle the rest.
                7. Establish a family emergency plan identifying the best escape routes and where family members should meet after leaving the home.
                8. If you have a mortgage, verify the unpaid balance and if additional principal payments were applied properly.  Use a Equity Accelerator to estimate how long it will take to retire your mortgage.
                9. Keep trees pruned and shrubs trimmed away from house to enhance visual appeal, increase security and prevent damage.
                10. Have heating and cooling professionally serviced annually.
                11. Check toilets periodically to see if they're leaking water and repair if necessary.
                12. Clean gutters twice a year to control rainwater away from your home to protect roof, siding and foundation.
                13. To identify indications of foundation issues, periodically, check around perimeter of home for cracks in walls or concrete.  Do doors and windows open properly? 
                14. Peeling or chipping paint can lead to wood and interior damage.  Small areas can be touched-up but multiple areas may indicate that the whole exterior needs painting.
                15. If there is a chimney and fires are burned in the fireplace, it will need to be inspected and possibly cleaned.
                16. If the home has a sprinkler system, manually turn the sprinklers on, one station at a time to determine if they are working and aimed properly.  Evaluate if the timers are set properly.  Look for pooling water that could indicate a leak underground.
                17. Have your home inspected for termites.

                Instead of remembering when you need to do these different things, use your calendar to create a system.  As an example, make a new appointment with "change the HVAC filters" in the subject line.  Select the recurring event button and decide the pattern.  For instance, set this one for monthly, every two months with no end date.  You can schedule a time or just an all-day event will show at the top of your calendar that day.

                By scheduling as many of these items as you can, you won't forget that they need to be done.  If you don't delete them from the calendar, you'll continue to be "nagged" until you finally do them.

                If you have questions or need a recommendation of a service provider, give us a call at (802) 862-3540.  We deal with issues like this regularly and have experience with workers who are reputable and reasonable.




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                  Woonpioniers is an eco-friendly, prefabricated cabin with bent wooden walls.

                  A Dutch Sculptor’s Prefab Cabin Has Curved Pinewood Walls

                  From Dwell Magazine

                  By Michele Koh Morollo – 

                  A Dutch Sculptors Prefab Cabin Has Curved Pinewood Walls

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                  Built as a live/work space for a sculptor, Indigo by Dutch practice Woonpioniers is an eco-friendly, prefabricated cabin with bent wooden walls.

                  In the Dutch hamlet of Giethmen, Amsterdam–based practice Woonpioniers has completed Indigo, a prefabricated home and studio, for sculptor Lia Harmsen. The custom, 861-square-foot, modular home has fully glazed walls on the front and back, allowing natural light to fill the entire space. A central wooden volume contains the kitchenette, bathroom, and shower, and a set of steps with built-in drawers lead up to a spacious sleeping loft. 

                  Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, Prefab Building Type, House Building Type, and Gable RoofLine Sculptor Lia Harmsen rents the dwelling to guests whenever she travels.�

                  View PhotosExterior, Wood Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, Prefab Building Type, House Building Type, and Gable RoofLine Sculptor Lia Harmsen rents the dwelling to guests whenever she travels.�

                  Sculptor Lia Harmsen rents the dwelling to guests whenever she travels. 

                  Photo by Henny van Belkom

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                  Exterior, Gable RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, and Prefab Building Type Chosen for their climatically self-regulating properties, the materials used for Indigo are eco-friendly and non-toxic.�

                  View PhotosExterior, Gable RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, and Prefab Building Type Chosen for their climatically self-regulating properties, the materials used for Indigo are eco-friendly and non-toxic.�

                  Chosen for their climatically self-regulating properties, the materials used for Indigo are eco-friendly and non-toxic. 

                  Photo by Henny van Belkom

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                  Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, and Gable RoofLine A sky-lit window brightens the sleeping loft.

                  View PhotosExterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, and Gable RoofLine A sky-lit window brightens the sleeping loft.

                  A sky-lit window brightens the sleeping loft.

                  Photo by Henny van Belkom

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                  On the studio side to the north, the wooden volume provides space for stonework tools and a kitchen countertop. In the living room to the south, the volume accommodates a small kitchen and leads to the bathroom, which sits under the lofted bedroom.

                  Exterior, Cabin Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Gable RoofLine, and Metal Roof Material The back of the volume acts as a wall that separates the living spaces from the sculpture studio.�

                  View PhotosExterior, Cabin Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Gable RoofLine, and Metal Roof Material The back of the volume acts as a wall that separates the living spaces from the sculpture studio.�

                  The back of the volume acts as a wall that separates the living spaces from the sculpture studio. 

                  Photo by Henny van Belkom

                  Photo Categories: exteriorcabin building typewood siding materialgable rooflinemetal roof material

                  Dining Room, Concrete Floor, Chair, Table, and Wood Burning Fireplace All the interior woodwork, including the bed and staircase drawers, was custom-made by Blind Interieur.

                  View PhotosDining Room, Concrete Floor, Chair, Table, and Wood Burning Fireplace All the interior woodwork, including the bed and staircase drawers, was custom-made by Blind Interieur.

                  All the interior woodwork, including the bed and staircase drawers, was custom-made by Blind Interieur.

                  Photo by Henny van Belkom

                  Photo Categories: dining roomconcrete floorschairtablewood burning fireplac




                  Staircase, Metal Railing, and Wood Tread A hearth by de Vogelsangh warms the live/work prefab.�


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                    Earn $10,000 by moving and working to Vermont!



                    Work From Home? Vermont Will Pay You Up to $10,000 to Move There

                    BY EMILY PETSKO




                    Do you work remotely, like cold winters, and have the freedom to pack your bags and move whenever you’d like? If you answered yes to all three questions, Vermont wants to claim you as one of its own.

                    On May 30, Governor Phil Scott of Vermont signed a bill into law that will award up to $10,000 to remote workers who move to Vermont beginning in 2019, Quartz reports. To be considered for a grant, you must be a full-time employee of a business based outside of Vermont and primarily work from home or out of a co-working space. The unorthodox measure is aimed at countering the state’s aging population and giving the tax base a much-needed boos The grants, intended to offset the cost of relocation and work expenses, will be awarded to 100 new workers each year from 2019 to 2021, and 20 new workers will be supported each subsequent year, according to The Hill. The grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who move to Vermont on or after January 1, 2019.

                    Grant recipients will receive up to $5000 per year, based on their individual expenses, and up to $10,000 total throughout the course of the program.

                    Not quite ready to book that one-way ticket to the Green Mountain State? You can try another one of Vermont’s programs called “Stay to Stay Weekends,” which connects visitors with local employers and realtors to give them a feel for the neighborhood. June 1-4, August 10-13, and October 19-22 are the next upcoming weekends, and three communities—Brattleboro, Manchester, and Rutland—are participating.


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