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Heard on the Street, 6.9.21


Another Hampton Inn Project Facing Hurdles 

Plans for construction of a 79-room Hampton Inn with a conference center and restaurant at Exit 4 off I-89 in Randolph have been postponed again, this time because of rising material costs and financing concerns, according to The Herald newspaper. The hotel was originally scheduled to be constructed in 2020, but the pandemic pushed the expected start date to 2021. One of the investors in the project, Paul Rea, told The Herald that construction of the project has now been pushed back to 2022 because of big increases in the cost of construction materials and the fact that, with hotels operating at 50 percent capacity, “banks are a little skittish right now for hospitality businesses.” The news came a couple of weeks after plans for a new Hampton Inn in Montpelier were dropped when the Hilton Corp., citing legal delays and uncertainty over the construction timeline, terminated a franchise agreement with the Capitol Plaza hotel.

Montpelier DPW Planning Projects

Just a few of the possible tentative projects for Montpelier’s Public Works Department include reconstructing Cummings Street and Main Street water line replacement, State Street embarking on a sewer and drainage project, sealing cracks starting after July 1, painting pavement markings (already underway), replacing the water line on Main Street from Liberty to Jay (aiming for work to commence from the end of June to mid-August), paving Barre Street, Hubbard Street, and possibly Pleasant View Street.  (From the City Manager’s report.)

Capital Kids Day Camp Registration is Open

From Janna Clar, Director of the Montpelier Senior Activity Center as seen in Front Porch Forum: The program lasts four weeks from June 14 to Aug. 20 for children ages 6 to 12. The day camp provides youngsters with a well-balanced selection of activities. Children should bring snacks, lunch, and something to drink. Pre-registration is required. We will have a free lunch program again this summer (start date to be announced). We are a licensed childcare program and can accept state subsidies for eligible children. Please make sure your state paperwork is filled out prior to the start of the program. If you have any questions about subsidy, please call 225-8699 and ask for Norma. Immunization records must be included; otherwise we cannot admit the child to camp by state regulations. Call the Montpelier Recreation office at 225-8699 with any questions, or email nmaurice@montpelier-vt.org.