State Pitches In For Brooks House Renovation

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Help is on the way to rebuild a 140-year-old building damaged by fire in Brattleboro.

The five-story Brooks House, on Main Street, was burned in April, 2011. It housed 10 businesses and about 60 people. To make matters worse, Tropical Storm Irene also flooded the building.

Thursday, Governor Peter Shumlin announced a $750,000 state grant for the project. And an investment team is arranging funding for renovations, which carry a $22 million price tag.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports the renovated building will include apartments and retail businesses.

It also will serve as an educational complex. Last week, the Vermont State College Board of Trustees voted to open a education center for the Community College of Vermont and Vermont Technical College at Brooks House.

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