In November of 2021, the Westford Planning Commission held a public engagement meeting to introduce proposed redevelopment options for the 1705 Route 128 property, the former home of Roland and Nettie Pigeon.
The purpose of the proposal was to provide affordable homeownership units through a partnership with Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity and Champlain Housing Trust, provide public access to the Browns River through a Vermont River Conservancy conservation easement, and acquire land for the expansion or replacement of the Town Offices.
Three concepts were presented by consultants SE Group at the public meeting. The concepts provided a menu of options for redevelopment of the east side of the former Pigeon home. Public comment was received at the public meeting and a community survey was conducted following the meeting. The Planning Commission, SE Group, Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, Champlain Housing Trust and Vermont River Conservancy utilized those comments in order to develop a preferred alternative conceptual plan and other related documents.
Planning for the 1705 Project was funded by a Vermont Community Development Program (VDCP) – Planning Grant. The Planning Commission has completed the tasks outlined in the VDCP grant scope of work, received all grant deliverables, and is in the process of closing out the grant. At this time, the Town does not intend to pursue the project further.
We would like to thank the Pigeon family, our partners – Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, Champlain Housing Trust, Vermont River Conservancy , Lincoln Brown Illustration, and those who participated in the process for their time, thoughtfulness, and willingness to envision a brighter, more inclusive future.