Shelburne’s Railroad Lane is back open

“This morning Railroad Lane was reopened and parking can resume there as before,” Shelburne Town Manager Joe Colangelo said. “David and I will work in good faith toward an agreeable lease.”

Colangelo, the Selectboard, Vermont Rail System President David Wulfson and other rail representatives attended a closed meeting to hash out their differences on Feb. 2.

Colangelo said he cannot disclose what was said in that executive session but did say the general conversation was positive by both the town and railway representatives. The meeting potentially set the groundwork for future negotiations, he said.

Wulfson had blocked the lane and parking there at the defunct commuter rail train station in response to receiving a notice of zoning violation from Colangelo and his filing a motion of preliminary injunction in environmental court to have Vermont Rail System cease work on the project.

Vermont Rail System then filed a complaint in US District Court seeking declaratory judgement last week, meaning they are asking for a removal of Shelburne’s motion for preliminary injunction.

Colangelo said his goal is to have a lease agreement signed for Railroad Lane by the Feb. 9 Selectboard meeting, where Vermont Rail System will be given 15 to 20 minutes to talk about the new transfer station plans for Route 7. Wulfson will be available to answer questions from the public at the meeting as well, Colangelo said.

The Selectboard meeting scheduled for 7pm on Feb. 9 will be dedicated to Vermont Rail System’s plans for the development of 19 acres on Route 7.

Please note: James Mack of the Shelburne Police Department confirmed after this was published that the location referred to is not Railroad Lane. Railroad Lane is on the north side of Harbor Road, and just west of the railroad tracks. The location that has been closed and now reopened is 71 Harbor Road, which is the rail station and parking lot.

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