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Grand opening of South Burlington Lowe's set for Jan. 18

SOUTH BURLINGTON Get out your pens and mark you calendars, the grand opening of Lowes in South Burlington is scheduled for Friday, January 18. The opening of Vermonts first Lowes has been a long time coming. It took Lowes nearly five years of negotiations and litigation to come to a landmark agreement with the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) -- an agreement that helped to rewrite Vermonts law governing stormwater runoff. The building sits off of Route 7 in South Burlington, just behind Hannafords. The agreement reached between Lowes and CLF states that Lowes will not only catch and clean runoff from its own 12-acre site, but would do so for the Southland Commercial Plaza. In all, Lowes will be cleaning up runoff for upwards of 40 acres along Lake Champlain. Lowes has committed to cleaning up all of the stormwater pollution from the Southland Commercial Plaza and to monitor the effect on Potash Brook, a stream flowing past the site, said Christopher Kilian, CLF's Vermont director, in Spring 2006. Rob Jess, senior site development manager for New England Lowes, said that he hopes this agreement will set precedent for other corporations. Were committed to minimizing the footprint that we leave behind with our development projects, he said. The cleanup of runoff will cost Lowes approximately $250,000 in addition to construction costs. Future Lowes buildings in Vermont will feature green roofs, meaning that the roof of any given building would be covered with soil and planted with vegetation as a way to curb runoff.

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