large square buildings housing cheap products made in faraway countries?
How about moving in the direction of upgrading what we already have in Fairlee? The railroad station is mostly under utilized and most of Lake Morey's activities have been cancelled. Why is that? Who remembers The Triathelon? How about the Winterfest?
What about other activities to bring people into the town? Hot air balloon rides? These are just a few ideas to cultivate an active community. A Dollar General is hardly
enticing. We have West Lebanon for big box store shopping. I just could not imagine hundreds more cars a day speeding down Main Street in Fairlee rushing to the DG.
Can you? Anyone see this as a feasible development option for Adam's Field?
I don't and I hope that my fellow Fairlee residents agree not to sully our pretty little Vermont town.
fairlee digest -- Thu, 06 Feb 2014
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1. [Fairlee] Define Fairlee's Future
Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 16:06:12 -0500
In response to the recent Valley News article, "Stronger Dollar Stores:
Low-Price Retail Chains Targeting Upper Valley," which focused on the
Dollar General assault on Vermont, we'd like to bring the focus to the
immediate concerns in Fairlee, where a proposed development is currently
being deliberated. As residents of Fairlee, we implore our Upper Valley
neighbors to engage in this issue. We have a tremendous opportunity to step
up and define Fairlee's future, its village, and our community landscape.
The huge Tennessee-based box store Dollar General (DG) is proposing a 9,100
sq-ft store on Route 5 in Fairlee. The location is sited in the middle of
an early c.1900s neighborhood built by the same builder of the Fairlee Town
The Fairlee Development Review Board (DRB) has the authority to deny this
development proposal. A denial gives the developer the opportunity to
improve their proposal or to
withdraw their application entirely. Their
authority stems from the Fairlee Zoning Regulation that states there must
be a "harmonious relationship between the proposed uses and the existing
uses." For Fairlee to maintain its traditional Vermont characteristics and
become a thriving community it must continue to grow in a way that
enhances, and not detracts from, the quality of life and enriches the human
spirit. A box-store development of this magnitude and (lack of) character
would negatively alter the direction, business landscape, and sense of
community in Fairlee.
*The DRB must consider that ANY business is NOT always GOOD business.*
Please contact Fairlee's Development Review Board at
February 11 to express your support for Fairlee's future.
Susanne Pacilio and Meredyth Morley
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