The Northwest Neighborhood Association of Rutland City was previously established in 2014 to encompass the geographic area west of Route 7 and north of Route 4. As such, the Hearthside Restaurant building, which Starbucks wants to tear down, is in our neighborhood, along with the Vermont Farmers Food Center on Route 4. You may know by now that many feel tearing down this old building is not the best use of this structure, which carries some history for many of our residents who feel it still has life in it. Possibly moving that building and reconfiguring it as a museum so that it can be utilized to encourage further economic growth in the food industry in the region is a possibility to be lost if we sit back and allow it to be taken away. Using that building as a proposed food museum is a project that could be developed along with expansion of the value-added food industry, to contribute to making “Rutland — the Food Capital of Vermont.” If you would like to be part of this discussion, the city Development Review Board meets at 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday, Sept. 5, at City Hall to review the Starbucks plan. It is well worth the effort to have this proposal as part of the discussion. Get involved. Kathleen Krevetski Rutland City

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