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Middlebury retirement community to get Act 250 permit after appeal

first_imgEastview at Middlebury, a proposed new retirement community in Middlebury, Vermont, received affirmation from the Vermont Supreme Court upholding the Environmental Court’s ruling that their Act 250 land use permit should stand. Eastview at Middlebury (Eastview) plans to build a 101-unit residential retirement community on approximately 40 acres owned by Middlebury College. The project – master planned and designed by Gawron Turgeon Architects in Maine – will be located adjacent to Porter Medical Center and Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.”I’m thrilled for Eastview,” noted Eastview President Rob Alberts. “We couldn’t be working with a better team and this decision takes us a critical step closer to a spring 2010 ground breaking. Our market has persevered with us through a lengthy permit process. It’s time to get the shovel in the ground.”Eastview’s retirement community will consist of an Inn with 30+ independent living apartments, as well as residential care and a Sanctuary program for those living with memory loss. In addition, there will be 30 or more cottages in the community. The buildings will integrate green materials for interior finishes and will feature efficient mechanical systems and lighting, and natural landscape features. Construction is anticipated for spring 2010.Eastview’s design has consistently received unanimous approval from local and state authorities responsible for reviewing and authorizing construction permits. The multi-tiered permitting process has involved review by numerous boards and community members. Early in the process, meetings with the community and future residents were held to discuss site design, orientation, building massing, exterior materials, and color selection. Incorporating feedback, Gawron Turgeon Architects revised its design with the goal of bringing a “sense of place” to Eastview. Inspired by the traditional village green, the design reflects the village green in the preserved wetland vegetation. Building mass studies established unrestricted view corridors and relationships with other homes in the neighborhood. Gables, pitched roofs, and double-hung windows all replicate the local vernacular.In 2005, with local permit approvals in hand, Eastview filed its Act 250 application with Vermont’s District 9 Environmental Commission. After extensive review of the nine Act 250 Criteria, Eastview received its Land Use Permit in 2006. This decision was contested by one neighbor, requiring a second review of the permit in 2008 by the State’s Environmental Court which upheld the original permit. An appeal of this decision by the same neighbor brought the case before the Vermont Supreme Court which ruled on October 1, 2009 in favor of Eastview.About Eastview at Middlebury: Eastview at Middlebury is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit retirement community in preconstruction in Middlebury, Vermont. Governed by a local board of directors, Eastview will offer an entry fee system with a 90% refund of this fee when the unit is reoccupied for its independent living cottages and apartments. Their assisted living will be available on a rental basis. A skilled nursing facility and regional hospital next door add to the resources available to support changing needs of Eastview residents as they age. In addition to Gawron Turgeon Architects (Scarborough, Maine), Eastview’s team includes D.E.W. Construction Corp. (Williston, Vermont), Third Age Incorporated (Exton, Pennsylvania), Phelps Engineering (Middlebury, Vermont) and Atlantic Retirement Communities (Newburyport, Massachusetts).About Gawron Turgeon Architects: Established more than 25 years ago in Scarborough, Gawron Turgeon Architects continues to grow as an award-winning architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and master planning firm. They have a diverse client base and projects ranging from small to multi-million dollar facilities. Projects include: Durgin Pines, new skilled rehabilitation and nursing home recently completed in Kittery; and Avesta’s Florence House a new homeless women’s shelter in Portland currently in design; and St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, a renovation to the transitional care unit in Lewiston, Maine.###last_img read more

‘Shabu’ worth P20K seized in buy-bust

first_imgRecovered items seized from drug suspect Ryan Carnecer during an entrapment operation in Barangay Punta Taytay, Bacolod City on Feb. 2. POLICE STATION 9/BCPO The 35-year-old former drugsurrenderer Ryan Carnecer yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police reportshowed. Bacolod City – Three sachets of suspected shabu valued around P20,000were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Punta Taytay. Carnecer was nabbed after he soldsuspected shabu to an undercover officer for P500 around 1 a.m. on Feb. 2, thereport added. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of Police Station 9, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, orthe Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more

Tennis duo takes on the great indoors

first_imgLast year, No. 3 senior Robert Farah and sophomore Steve Johnson lost in the finals of the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.This time around, the Trojan tandem is looking to bring home the title.One more try · Senior Robert Farah will take another stab at the doubles National Indoor Intercollegiate title he has fallen short of twice. – Eric Wolfe | Daily Trojan“I feel like we’re a good doubles team indoors. We’ve done well lately, so we come in with some confidence,” Farah said.The tournament begins Nov. 5 and lasts until Nov. 8 at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. It consists of 16 doubles teams and 32 singles players.Farah and Johnson earned a berth into the tournament two weeks ago when they defeated Pepperdine’s Bassam Beidas and Alex Llompart in the ITA Regionals championship match.The duo, however, enter the tournament unseeded after a first-round loss in the All-American Championship tournament in early October.No. 3 Farah and No. 18 Johnson will also try their luck in singles this weekend. Both players received an entry into the tournament after reaching the semifinal round in singles play at the All-American Championships. Farah is seeded No. 3 in the tournament and Johnson is seeded No. 5.Last year, Farah lost to Daniel Vallverdu of Miami in the quarterfinals. This is Johnson’s first time playing singles at the tournament, as well as his first time being seeded in a college tournament.“I’m one of the favorites instead of one of the guys who can pull upsets. It’s kind of nice being the underdog, but I like to be the favorite — extra pressure,” Johnson said.Johnson was also recently selected to represent the United States at the Master’U BNP Paribas tournament. The tournament is an intercollegiate competition featuring eight countries around the world. He was one of three men selected to represent the United States.Despite the fact that the USC duo doesn’t see as much indoor action as some other schools, the two don’t feel like they’re at a disadvantage this weekend.“You hit the ball cleaner indoors and that’s always a plus coming from USC where it’s windy and the sun is in your face,” Farah said. “I can’t pull out the excuse that it’s indoors.”This weekend, the Trojans hope to enjoy success in singles as well as doubles. Farah said he hopes he and Johnson will win doubles and both reach the finals in singles.Johnson also hopes to do well by his teammate and secure the doubles title.“Robert doesn’t really feel like having three finalist trophies in his room so we’re going to try to get him a win,” Johnson said of Farah, who has lost in the finals twice.For now, the Trojans are looking to stay focused.“I just need to maintain the ways I played these past few weeks,” Johnson said. “I’ve been playing really well and I’m just trying to stay at the same level.”The rest of the Trojans will compete locally this weekend at the Southern California Intercollegiates from Nov. 5 to Nov. 8 at UCLA.Freshman Joel Giger and sophomore Ben Lankenau will compete in the qualifying rounds. Freshman JT Sundling, No. 5-seeded sophomore Daniel Nguyen, senior Jason McNaughton and No. 5-seeded sophomore Matt Kecki will compete in the main draw.No. 2-seeded Nguyen and Sundling and Kecki and McNaughton will also team up to compete in the main draw of 16 for doubles.last_img read more

Exclusive: ‘The best decision ever!’ – John Terry on Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea

first_imgChelsea captain John Terry has described manager Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge for a second spell in charge as ‘the best decision ever.’The Blues skipper was speaking to The Sports Bar after a day in which the Premier League Champions celebrated their season achievements with an open-top bus parade around south west London.Mourinho embarked on his second tenure in the Blues’ hotseat back in 2013, delivering the title the season after, and Terry eulogised about his manager’s return.“It’s been the best decision ever. Not only for me personally, but for the club as well,” said the 34-year-old.“He’s a born winner. Even when we had won the league the intensity was the same.“He demands the best from everyone day in day out, and in those big games – we haven’t lost any against our main competitors for two seasons – he gives us all the fine details.”Chelsea’s collective effort this season has been hailed, but Eden Hazard’s individual accomplishments were recognised by both his peers and pundits with the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards.The Belgian winger has added a clinical edge to his play this campaign, and his captain believes he has all the right attributes to reach even higher echelons of the game.Terry said: “He’s certainly got the potential to be right up there.“When you look at the likes of [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo and what they’ve achieved, this boy can go on and be right up there with both of them.”last_img read more

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