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What’s new in our downtown?

Have you noticed the new lights on Railroad Street? The freshly paved sidewalks are holding up under our winter weather, making it easier to park, shop, and dine downtown. Are there other improvements you’ve noticed or would like to see?

Every year, the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce takes stock of the investments that contribute to the overall improvements in our designated downtown. That means, we gather information from about private and public sector investment, business and job growth, and local contributions. Gary Holloway, director of the Vermont Downtown Program, explains, “These statistics are used by the Vermont Downtown Program, local and state officials, and downtown organizations. The statistics document the progress and successes of state and local programs over time and demonstrate the economic benefit to local communities.”

Facade improvements on Eastern Ave were eligible for tax credits because of St. Johnsbury’s Designated Downtown status.

We’ll be collecting information about facade renovations, such as

  • New and/or replacement signage
  • Awnings
  • Windows
  • Doorways
  • Cleaning of exterior brick, pointing, paint enhancements
  • Wood, masonry, or other physical repairs to any building storefront

Other building improvements, including

  • Renovations/construction expenses
  • Elevator installation
  • Painting
  • Carpeting
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical

If you have made improvements to your building, that can be counted as part of a downtown investment, please let us know by contacting Tara Holt (