MOOVER FACILITY ALMOST COMPLETE
October 1, 2015
WILMINGTON – The MOOver's new facility will be completed in mid-October, as the $5.6 million project will finally complete its 16-month journey.
The final phase of the project entails completing the site work, building the Riverwalk Trail, landscaping, building a new entry sign, and final paving.
In July the old garage was demolished and removed. In order to achieve compliance with its environmental permit, the entire site has to be paved, have concrete on it, or have fabric and six inches of fresh topsoil laid down.
Grading and seeding are complete. The site was hydro-seeded and has produced grass in quick fashion. A new entry sign has been installed with lighting, a stone wall foundation, trees, and seasonal flowers.
The Riverwalk Trail will feature a highly-compressed Surepak surface, suitable for strollers and bicycles. There will be five kiosks along the trail depicting the different historical eras of the site. There will also be two overlooks with benches. It connects to the Hoot, Toot, & Whistle Trail, as well as to the village of Wilmington.
The site will feature several large open areas with 40 newly-planted trees and grass, as well as security cameras and lighting. Trees will include arborvitae, red and silver maple, spruce, and box elder.
A 100-foot section of Mill Street will be paved by the MOOver, bridging the asphalt gap between the existing end of Mill Street and the new MOOver driveway.
Only one section of the Barnboard Factory remains, which is a storage barn on the east side of the property that has been re-furbished by in-house staff.
"It has been a long process but well worth the wait" said Randy Schoonmaker, CEO of Southeast Vermont Transit which operates The MOOver. "We are grateful to the planners, workers, and financiers of this project which has been planned since 1998."
Senator Patrick Leahy has been a strong supporter of the project, as well as the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the USDA, The Key Bank, the EPA, and others.
For more information visit the website www.moover.com .