Vermont Planners Association Recognizes SE Group Projects
Two SE Group projects have been recognized by the Vermont Planners Association as part of its annual awards program. The City of South Burlington’s Market Street Reconstruction Project was awarded Project of the Year, and Enosburg Falls Vital Village Master Plan won Plan of the Year.
SE Group is honored to receive awards for both the Project of the Year and Plan of the Year by the Vermont Planners Association.
Project of the Year: The City of South Burlington’s Market Street Reconstruction Project
This $21M streetscape design project, which began in 2012, was recently completed in 2019. The street is the cornerstone of the City Center project. With colorful perennial plantings, permeable brick pavers and generous sidewalks, the stage has been set for an attractive mixed-use center. A “stormwater park” with native plantings and public art provides a relaxing space away from traffic, while also supporting wildlife such as amphibians and songbirds. SE Group’s involvement has spanned the entire 7-year period—from early conceptual work to detailed streetscape design and construction review.
Plan of the Year: Enosburg Falls Vital Village Master Plan
The Vital Village Master Plan promotes the economic development and community health for the Town of Enosburg Falls, VT. Key concepts of the plan explored streetscape and community enhancements supporting complete streets, access management, improved multi-modal connections, beautification, wayfinding, and storefront/façade enhancements. Innovative public engagement strategies were central to the plan’s development. Technology-based formats like virtual village walking tours delivered through an engaging StoryMap were combined with simple “meet people where they are” grassroots workshops. Notably, one public event in the village center utilized the talents of local artists to complete a crosswalk, streetscape, and public art pop-up demonstration project. The resulting Master Plan provides an actionable implementation strategy—identifying development opportunities around the recreation tourism economy, an improved pedestrian-friendly streetscape, and a unified community identity.
A recent article on the continuing efforts in Enosburg, and the community’s resiliency even during COVID-19, was featured on Vermont Public Radio.