Group aims to control Pittsford growth

Officials of Pittsford Community Corp. announced the signing of a land purchase agreement to acquire the 18th century Forrest farm historic building, barns and surrounding 14 acres.

The property will provide Pittsford with a large village green and a village center.

Pittsford was one of the original Hampshire Grants towns which marked the birth of Vermont in 1761.

The property is located near the corner of U.S. Route 7 and Elm Street and is in what most locals would currently refer to as the Pittsford Village Center.

It is also in a designated and state-approved so-called Village Center Area which provides certain tax and other financial benefits to certain types of new businesses.

"It helps to prevent sprawl and preserve our rural countryside," said Baird Morgan, president and a founder of the corporation. "We are not talking about a modern shopping mall or strip center but a historic and charming Vermont village center. The area is also in a state and federal recognized historic district which will protect and insure that the local history and heritage of the area be sustained and at the same time provide certain financial benefits for appropriate building restorations."

Morgan noted that the project will have design standards in keeping with Pittsford's heritage and architecture.

"When we started the PCC nearly 12 years ago, we intended on filling the void between what a small town government could afford to do with what needed to be done by supplying the volunteer efforts of local citizens," he said. "We have been talking about a significant village green and a true Vermont village center since the very beginning and now it is happening".

According to Pittsford resident and antiques dealer Thor Konwin, "There was no room for expansion while the immediate area is home to the popular Kamuda's Country Store and Deli, the Pittsford Post Office, the historic Maclure Library and the Hill Top Tavern-there was no room for additional businesses and parking was very limited."

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