The Town of Hardwick is considering making an application to the State of Vermont for a VCDP Implementation Grant 2018 under the Vermont Community Development Program. A Public Hearing will be held at 5:30 P.M. on October 17, 2019 at the Memorial Building, 20 Church Street, Hardwick to obtain the views of citizens on community development, to furnish information concerning the amount of funds available and the range of community development activities that may be undertaken under this program, the impact to any historic and archaeological resources that may be affected by the proposed project, and to give affected citizens the opportunity to examine the proposed statement of projected use of these funds.
The proposal is to apply for $1,000,000 in VCDP funds which will be used to accomplish the following activities: Construction of the Hardwick Yellow Barn Business Accelerator and Corporate Campus (aka “Yellow Barn”). The Yellow Barn will strengthen Vermont’s farm- and food-based economy by allowing multiple establishments to grow and expand with other entrepreneurs, develop new products, and improve export to external markets. The project will consist of a two-story, 40,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose processing facility and an innovative adaptive reuse of the historic 3,400 sq. ft. yellow barn – already an iconic presence along the Route 15 gateway to downtown Hardwick.
Yellow Barn is a unique public-private endeavor between the Town of Hardwick and the Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) to offer best-in-class production and administrative space to new and expanding businesses at highly competitive rates. The CAE operates the Vermont Food Venture Center, a business incubator for farm- and food-based businesses immediately adjacent to the site, making Yellow Barn an ideal next step for incubator graduates. Two long-term anchor tenants are already committed, one of which will establish a local food retail destination. The site is also adjacent to the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, ensuring high visibility and market penetration to accelerator tenants.
Yellow Barn is scheduled to commence construction in the spring of 2020 and will be ready for full occupancy in 2021. The total project budget is $8.7 million.
Copies of the proposed application are available at Town Manager’s Office, Memorial Building, 20 Church Street, Hardwick, VT 05843 and may be viewed during the hours of 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Should you require any special accommodations, please contact Casey Rowell at 802-472-6120 to ensure appropriate accommodations are made. For the hearing impaired please call (TTY) #1-800-253-0191.