Mahan Rykiel is part of a Vermont Downtown Action Team (VDAT) retained by the Vermont Downtown Program to work with eight towns impacted by Tropical Storm Irene. The VDAT conducted intensive charrettes in each community, working with public and private stakeholders to give direction on economic development, marketing and physical improvement initiatives to strengthen their downtowns.
The VDAT was sensitive to build upon, rather than reinvent, initiatives that the communities already had underway and assisted them in consensus building and prioritizing. A significant component of the effort included developing implementation plans for each community and working with them in securing grant funding for initial projects. Mahan Rykiel’s focus included public realm enhancements and development/redevelopment strategies.