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Grant rejected for critical intersection of Routes 4 & 100; Bill's Country Store plans move forward

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 officials.

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 to that.

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.