The town was recently denied a $174,987 grant to improve
drainage into Kent Pond by creating retention ponds at the
crossroads of Route 4 and Route 100.
The storm water and evasive species mitigation grant was tied to
the streetscape beautification plan and would have improved the
area adjacent to Bill's Country Store including the safety of the
intersection at the store, Killington Rd. and Route 4. The town
would have had to provide a $43,747 match to it, according to town
Phil Black, one of the private investors who purchased the store
last year for $355,000, said the town not getting the grant for the
area around Bill's was somewhat of a "blessing" for what plans to
be a privately-owned welcome center and public restrooms.
"We aren't asking the town to do anything at this point," Black
said last week.
Black citied political tension and some opposition to the
welcome center as potential detriments to its development and any
town money that would have been tied to the store would have added
With renovations to the store underway, Black said the
Killington Chamber of Commerce is still slated to move into the
iconic red barn by the start of the summer.
He said the private partnership that owns the store is seeking
grant funding to install the bathrooms.
Meanwhile, the Town of Killington will need to decide on how to
proceed with another grant it recently acquired - an $80,000 Park
and Ride Grant. If the Town had received the mitigation grant, the
Town was planning to relocate the Park and Ride from its originally
planned location in front of Base Camp Outfitters to the Bills
Country Store property. The purpose of the Park and Ride is to
create a central hub for drop offs and pick ups by buses and for
carpooling, according to Town Planner Dick Horner.