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By HARRIETTE BRAINARD
BRANDON — Brandon officials recently approved a preliminary application from Robert N. Hockaday Jr. of Roland Enterprises for a new development of 70 single-family homes called “The Woods at Spring Pond.”
Hockaday, who is based in Baltimore, Md., was granted approval for his firm’s preliminary application in the middle of July by the town’s development review board. The preliminary application requires approval from local services — including police, fire and rescue departments, water and sewer, and the local school system — to ensure that the town’s infrastructure can accommodate the needs of the development.
“When you’re awarded approval at this juncture, it means that the town has awarded you approval in principle,” says local realtor Skip Davis, whose office has listed the property for sale. The developer will now have to submit more detailed engineering drawings for the final permitting process.
By JOHN S. McCRIGHT
BRIDPORT — By a 81-75 vote, Bridport residents on Thursday approved a plan to spend $600,000 to build a new town garage and move the fire department across the street into the current municipal garage.
With the vote behind them, town officials hope to begin construction of the new garage in late September, with the road crew and its five town vehicles taking occupancy by the time snow flies.
Building the new, five-bay garage is estimated to cost $500,000 and will be erected on a 16-acre parcel of town-owned land at the intersection of Crown Point Road and Short Street. The spot is already the site of a sand and salt shed operated jointly by Bridport and the state of Vermont.
The town will spend an estimated $100,000 to renovate the current, four-bay town garage to accommodate the Bridport Volunteer Fire Department, which officials say has outgrown its two-bay firehouse. Four fireßtrucks are parked bumper-to-bumper in the firehouse, another truck is parked in the town garage, and a sixth is out for repairs.