Archive for January, 2010

Purchase of “Fireside” property discussed at Killington public meeting

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

On January 11, 2009, an informational meeting was held at the Sherburne Elementary school in Killington.  Members of the Killington Economic Development and Tourism Commission (EDTC) as well as Select Board members and other town volunteers presented the rationale for purchasing a 37 acre parcel of land located on Killington Road known as the “Fireside” property.  Well over 100 people attended the meeting to hear the presentation and voice their support, concerns, and/or questions.

The EDTC contends that the land is necessary to host events critical to building a vibrant four-season economy for the town.  The conceptual site plan presented at the meeting indicates proposed event areas, parking, trails, and access points.  The land is being offered to the town for $850K.  Costs have been estimated at approximately $700K for site development, not including bathroom facilities. 

The EDTC and Select Board are proposing that the town voters approve a Municipal Bond in the amount of $1.4 million to cover the outstanding costs.  According to the presenters at the meeting, revenues associated with the Options Tax will be sufficient to cover the cost of the bond spread over 20 years.  The vote will be held through Australian ballot at the Killington town meeting to be held the first Tuesday of March, 2010.  Absentee ballots will be available prior to the meeting.

Although attendees at the meeting were generally supportive of bringing new events and business to the town and many attendees seemed supportive of the land purchase, a number of the attendees requested that revenue projections be presented supporting the expenditures.  No revenue models or new visitor projections were developed or presented.

An additional meeting prior to the town meeting in March will be “warned” and held for further comment and discussion.  Watch for future announcements.

Killington VT Real Estate Continues It’s Slump

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Only 35 condominiums sold in Killington in 2009 down almost 30% from 2008. At an average sale price of just over $207,000, a decrease of 17% since 2008, the total market revenue from Killington condo sales was $7 million, down more than 40% from the previous record low!

There was only one Killington land sale during the entire year compared with five in 2008.

The only bright spot in the whole picture is that the number of Killington home sales and the average sale price of Killington homes rose, but ever so slightly.  For all of the data on Killington real estate sales, read the latest Prestige Real Estate newsletter which provides a review of all of 2009.

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