The Brooks House: A new day for an Brattleboro landmark

The Brooks House reopening celebration will be on October 3

The Brooks House in the horse-and-buggy era

The Brooks House in the horse-and-buggy era

The $24 million renovation of downtown Brattleboro’s Brooks House will be celebrated on October 3.

The 80,000-square-foot building includes an 18,000-square-foot academic center for Community College of Vermont and Vermont Technical Center, where classes have already begun. The building also features high-end apartments and a variety of commercial businesses, including the esteemed Denver restaurant, Duo; Wow frozen yogurt shop; Brilliance rugs and jewelry shop; and offices.

Workers affix Community College of Vermont and Vermont Technical College signage to the front of the building

Workers affix Community College of Vermont and Vermont Technical College signage to the front of the building

A fire gutted the historic building, formerly a hotel, in April 2011. A few months later, Tropical Storm Irene slammed the downtown area, causing significant flooding. Since that summer, the block-long Brooks House in the middle of Main Street has been boarded up and surrounded by tarps and scaffolding.

A group of local business owners and developers formed to purchase and renovate the building. The team’s financing for the project includes public and private partnerships, grants, and tax credits.

The building should be mostly completed and occupied by the grand opening, whose details will be posted at http://www.brookshouse.com.

Brooks House principals at the formal groundbreaking with Governor Peter Shumlin

Brooks House principals at the formal groundbreaking with Governor Peter Shumlin

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