The Town of Shelburne was presented with the Community Stewardship Award during the 25th anniversary celebration of the Vermont Housing Conservation Board at Shelburne Farms Coach Barn on Tuesday, June 11.
Chair of the Vermont Housing Conservation Board, Chris Hart, recognized the town’s years of both housing development and land conservation projects before presenting the award to Shelburne Town Manager Paul Bohne.
“Beginning in 1989, with the restoration of the farm barn and conservation of Southern Acres at Shelburne Farms, and later with the protection of Shelburne Pond by The Nature Conservancy and the town’s conservation of the LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area, Shelburne had conserved 700 acres and protected landmark historic structures with public use,” Hart informed. “Twenty homes (the Ockert Apartments) were developed by the Champlain Housing Trust in 2003 while the Lake Champlain Land Trust conserved an additional 66 acres in the Upper LaPlatte Marsh and created a small park in the village between 2004 and 2008. Today, 73 apartments are being created for families and seniors at Harrington Village, a new development under construction by the Champlain Housing Trust, Housing Vermont, and Cathedral Square near the village center all exemplifying the VHCB’s dual goal approach to community stewardship.”
Lured to the celebration to support another award winner, Bohne said enthusiastically, “I was quite surprised when they called my name to receive the award for the Town of Shelburne. The community has done a lot to be proud of and it’s always nice to be recognized for our good works.”