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PAGE  16A  —  Addison  Independent,  Thursday,  June  13,  2013

Lazarus Swift  said. (Continued  from  Page  1A) total  of  roughly  1.5  acres  —  to  mar-­ There  will  be  some  signs  of  life  in   ket   to   a   developer   for   an   economic   the  building  as  beginning  next  week   development   initiative   the   SunCommon   solar   aimed  at  enhancing  the   energy   company   will   “The Lazarus vitality   of   the   down-­ operate   a   pop-­up   store   Building, in town. in  the  building,  but  that   The   proposal   comes   most people’s arrangement   will   only   at  a  time  with  the  town   minds, has been last   through   the   end   of   and  college  are  discuss-­ somewhat of a -XO\ ing  how  they  can  work   stumbling block Middlebury’s   town   together   on   a   new   mu-­ plan   advocates   for   for integrating nicipal  building. the   Lazarus   Building   The   Lazarus   Build-­ the Marble to   be   acquired   by   the   ing  has  been  vacant  for   Works with town   and   demolished   more   than   two   years.   the rest of the “to   provide   improved,   It   most   recently   hosted   downtown area safer   public   access   to   Green   Mountain   Shoe   the   riverfront   and   park-­ ‌ We came up &   Apparel   and   Otter   ing.â€?  But  a  longstanding   Creek   Used   and   Rare   with what we covenant   has   precluded   Books,   businesses   that   think is a nice the   Lazarus   Trust   from   have   relocated   else-­ arrangement selling   the   building   un-­ where   in   Middlebury.   for everyone til   2015.   And   covenant   The  trust  that  owns  the   involved.â€? aside,  the  town  does  not   building  has  offered  up   have  money  in  its  oper-­ the   space   for   rent.   But   — College President ating   budget   to   acquire   Ron Liebowitz commercial   properties.   the  spots  have  remained   XQÂżOOHG ZLWK -DPHV The   Lazarus   Building,   Swift   —   the   attorney   representing   located  on  0.15  of  an  acre,  is  current-­ the  Lazarus  Trust  —  citing  impend-­ ly  assessed  by  the  town  at  $287,000. ing  work  on  the  Main  Street  railroad   &ROOHJH DQG WRZQ RIÂżFLDOV GLV-­ overpass  as  a  deterrent  for  prospec-­ cussed   the   future   of   the   Lazarus   tive  tenants.  The  overpass  work  will   Building  at  a  private  luncheon  earlier   take  place  very  close  to  20  Main  St. this  spring. Âł,WÂśVEHHQDGLIÂżFXOWWLPHZLWKWKH “We  talked  with  the  college  again   railroad   property   looming   over   us,â€?   about   it   and   said,   ‘We   don’t   have  

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THE  LAZARUS  BUILDING  at  the  intersection  of  Main  Street  and  Printer’s  Alley  in  Middlebury  might  be  acquired  and  demolished  as  part  of  a  plan   being  discussed  by  Middlebury  College  and  the  town  selectboard. Independent  photo/Trent  Campbell

the  money   to   buy   it,’�   Middlebury   selectboard   Chairman   Dean   George   said.   “The   (Lazarus)   Trust   was   in-­ terested  in  leasing  it  to  the  town  un-­ til   2015,   but   quite   frankly   we   don’t  

have  the  funds  to  do  that,  either.â€? &ROOHJH RIÂżFLDOV VDZ WKH DGYDQ-­ tages  of  seeing  the  Lazarus  Building   demolished   as   a   way   of   improving   safety  for  people  walking  and  biking   down  Printer’s  Alley,  and  as  a  way  of   better  uniting  the  Marble  Works  with   the  rest  of  downtown.  Printer’s  Alley   is  narrow  and  currently  affords  one-­ way   access   into   the   Marble   Works.   The   wider   alley   without   the   build-­ ing  would  allow  better  sight  lines  for   drivers   and   may   allow   for   two-­way   WUDIÂżF “The   Lazarus   Building,   in   most   people’s  minds,  has  been  somewhat   of  a  stumbling  block  for  integrating   the   Marble   Works   with   the   rest   of   the  downtown  area,  so  to  envision  a   cleaner,  more  visible,  safer  way  in  —   and  eventually  out  —  of  the  Marble   Works,   would   be   very   attractive,â€?   Middlebury   College   President   Ron   Liebowitz  said  during  a  phone  inter-­ view  with  the  Addison  Independent. “We  came  up  with  what  we  think   is   a   nice   arrangement   for   everyone   involved.â€? 6ZLIWFRQÂżUPHGÂłDQDJUHHPHQWLQ principleâ€?  that  has  earned  the  bless-­ ing  of  members  of  the  Lazarus  Trust.   A  written  agreement  —  spelling  out  

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the  purchase   price   —   still   needs   to   college,â€?  Smith  said. be  signed.  Swift  anticipates  a  simple   It   is   hoped   that   the   arrangement   procedure   in   Addison   County   Pro-­ would   also   fuel   economic   devel-­ bate  Court  to  allow  for  the  property   opment   in   downtown   Middlebury,   to  be  sold  before  2015. according   to   town   and   college   of-­ Kim  Smith,  principal  owner  with   ÂżFLDOV )RU PRUH WKDQ WKUHH \HDUV the   Marble   Works   Part-­ now,  the  town  and  college   nership,   was   pleased   to   “My kudos have   been   discussing   a   hear   news   that   an   agree-­ joint   economic   develop-­ ment   is   near.   Along   with   to the sement   initiative   using   the   providing   more   access   to   lectboard combined  total  of  1.5  acres   the  shopping  and  business   and colof  usable  land  the  two  en-­ complex   —   which   is   95   lege.â€? tities   own   between   the   percent   full   —   Smith   is   Ilsley   Library   and   the   Ot-­ excited   about   the   pluses   — Kim Smith ter   Creek.   But   the   parties   that   a   wider   Printer’s   Al-­ have   found   some   possible   ley   would   present   for   pedestrians   sticking  points  in  jointly  marketing   and  cyclists.  And  the  Marble  Works   the  property  to  a  prospective  devel-­ is   about   more   than   shops,   con-­ oper.  Among  them:  The  logistics  for   GRV DQG RIÂżFHV WKHVH GD\V 6PLWK forming  a  limited  liability  company   noted.   Work   has   begun   on   an   Ot-­ (LLC)   to   market   the   land,   and   the   ter   Creek   waterfront   improvement   potential   reluctance   some   develop-­ project   that   will   offer   even   better   ers   might   have   in   dealing   with   the   views   and   congregation   areas   on   town  as  a  seller. the  Marble  Works  side  of  the  Otter   Having   the   college   as   the   single   Creek   falls.   Smith   also   believes   a   entity  soliciting  a  buyer  would  make   wider   Printer’s   Alley   and   spruced   more  sense,  George  said,  while  the   up   waterfront   could   lead   to   more   town   would   still   have   a   say   in   any   redevelopment  of  the  back  ends  of   proposed   project   through   its   local   the   Main   Street   buildings   fronting   development  review  process. the  creek. Reporter   John   Flowers   is   at   “My  kudos  to  the  selectboard  and   johnf@addisonindependent.com.

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