Unexceptional buildings not wanted
Editor of the Reformer:
At last week's presentation at Brooks Memorial Library, we were reminded by a professor at Middlebury College of the unparalleled historic building stock in Vermont and specifically in Brattleboro.
Our Municipal Center is an excellent example of the design quality and durable construction that make our old buildings irreplaceable. It is our responsibility as a community to preserve and improve this building for future generations as part of the Police and Fire Project.
Bob Stevens is right in his letter of Dec. 7. It is a much better long term investment to use the changes needed for the Police Department as an opportunity to effect a deep energy retrofit of the Municipal Building along with needed code updates. The addition should be historically sensitive. Interior changes should be made so that the police station in the Municipal Building has the same "smooth flow" described as possible in the Reformer building.
Brattleboro does not need to use taxpayer dollars to purchase an unexceptional building in an inconvenient location with associated maintenance costs and loss of tax revenue. We do need to honor our police by providing what they need in an already handsome, centrally located, newly energy efficient and historic Municipal Building.