MOOver's Ribbon Cutting for Its New Home!
The MOOver division of Southeast Vermont Transit (formerly Deerfield Valley Transit Association) marked the grand opening of the new transportation facility on November 17, 2015. The Wilmington facility opened in stages, with the final landscaping, paving, and site work completed in late October. The last section of the Riverwalk connecting downtown Wilmington to Lake Whitingham on the MOOver's property was completed October 29th as part of this project.
Nine federal, state, and local funding sources were used for the 16,000 square foot facility costing $5.6 million. The Vermont Agency of Transportation, the WRC's Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (RLF), the US Department of Agriculture, and The Wilmington Fund VT provided grants and loans, with The KeyBank providing $1.3 million of bridge financing. WRC's RLF made available a loan/grant combination for $171,500 for Brownfields clean up at the former Barnboard site.
The Grand Opening Ceremony culminates 19 years of planning, permitting, design, financing, and construction. The facility provides offices, driver facilities, maintenance bays a sophisticated bus wash system with 90% water reclamation, 12,000 gallon above-ground diesel fuel tank, Riverwalk Trail with benches and historical displays, and parking for 30 buses and 35 cars for staff.