ENOSBURG FALLS — When Rep. Peter Welch arrived in the Village of Enosburg Falls, he could only remember visiting the village for past Dairy Days festivals.

Now here he was, clearing time for a downtown tour led by village manager Jon Elwell, the latest development in a local movement to revitalize broader Enosburgh.

Accompanying the congressman and Elwell on the tour were several familiar faces from the Enosburg Initiative, the group of locals at the core of the movement: developer Jim Cameron, the Enosburg Business Association’s Shawna Lovelette and Suzi Hull-Parent and municipal zoning administrator Angela Wright.

Elwell told Welch about the 2005 fire that decimated one of the village’s central downtown blocks, a block that now houses apartments and businesses; pointed out Bleachers, a sports pub and one of the village’s recently opened businesses; and led Welch to the Quincy Hotel, which is still in the process of restoration.

Cameron, the developer behind that restoration, explained financial incentives making the project possible, and told Welch what’s next in the process.

Welch, meanwhile, was smitten with the building’s porch.

“I want to sit on that porch and have a beer,” he said.

 

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