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Barre wins grants to clean brownfields

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BARRE, Vt. -

Barre received a $1.6 million check from the state Thursday to "revitalize and clean up" the city.

Governor Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, presented the check to Barre mayor Thomas Lauzon who said the city will use the money to clean up an area called Enterprise Aly which runs adjacent to Main Street and is the city's most popular pedestrian area. While $600,000 will go to cleaning up brownfields in the alley, Lauzon explained what the rest of the money will go towards.

"Obviously a rear sidewalk, make it pedestrian friendly, make it bicycle friendly, and right now, it's neither. If you're walking from one end to the other, you're walking in the road, so you're walking with traffic, so we'd love to see a sidewalk going from one end to the other. The lighting isn't very good. I mean, it's ugly," said Lauzon.

The changes will decrease the likelihood of flooding in downtown Barre by improving the storm drainage systems as well.

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