Compilation of relevant information to provide an understanding as to why the Green Mountain Center is ruinous to Central Vermont’s working landscape.
- An article from 2012 references that the privatization of a Visitor Center is an experiment and if it succeeds would be the model for future VT rest areas. Also, in this article Mr. Sammis states he would “charge companies rent to display their goods” in the Product Showcase. Why do area artisans and farmers, those in support of this development, have the perception that he will be directing visitors to their wares or location? To gain support, the message conveniently changes.
— sourced from Vermont Public Radio
- The proposed Green Mountain Center Project (the “Green Mountain Center” or “Project”) is a mixed use project totaling 1,150,000 square feet located on 172 acres at the northwest and southwest quadrants of Exit 4, Interstate 89. When completed, the Green Mountain Center will consist of 274 residential units, 280,000 square feet of office space, 236,000 square feet of light manufacturing space, a Visitor Center and Vermont Products Showcase Center totaling 45,000 square feet, a Fitness and Recreation Center totaling 10,000 square feet, 25,000 square feet of accessory retail and a 180-room Hotel and Conference Center.
— sourced from the application for the ACT 250 Permit of the Green Mountain Center
- A photo gallery of buildings designed by the architect, J. Graham Goldsmith, Architects, P.C., associated with the proposed Green Mountain Center. Once these buildings obliterate the Green Mountain view, no one will be able to distinguish Exit 4 from any other Anywhere USA Interstate exit.
— sourced from concerned Randolph community member
- There is a difference between soil versus dirt. Those individuals that only have a perspective of development view it as dirt. This short video explains beautifully.
- Articles were published November 2002 in the Times Argus/Rutland Herald and The Herald of Randolph describing how the Town of Randolph was trying to purchase the land from Mr. Sammis by submitting for grants. The Town of Randolph had the support of then governor, Howard Dean.
— sourced from Times Argus, “Randolph hopes to protect scenic land” and The Herald of Randolph “Randolph Wants To Buy Exit 4 View for $500,000“
- Randolph IS home to the Morgan Horse with a storied history. So why is the museum in Middlebury? Do Randolph and surrounding community members realize that in 2005, the then museum in Shelburne was excited to locate to Randolph, specifically the Exit 4 area. “With the future of the National Museum of the Morgan Horse up in the air, Randolph resident Jesse “Sam” Sammis said this week he is considering donating land near Exit 4 to make Randolph the permanent home for the Museum. I’m very enthusiastic about the possibility that the Morgan Horse Museum could be located in Randolph,” Sammis said. “My plan for the 173 acres I own around Exit 4 would still leave a lot of open space. Ten acres for a Morgan Museum with farmstead would look really nice and offer great accessibility.” Why did Mr. Sammis not go through with his generous offer? Why the change of his mind? Could it be the charitable donation was less than the profit from the potential land sale?
Here is the architecture concept that the then president of the National Museum of the Morgan Horse, Earl Dunlap of Southington, Ohio, envisioned after visiting Exit 4: “a visitor’s center with a farmstead design, a barn for Morgans, housing for staff, and a show ring”. Wouldn’t it have been lovely to see that vision versus the proposed 180 room hotel?
— sourced from The Herald of Randolph “Morgan Museum“
- A thought about the For Sale sign on Exit 4 land. Why is Mr. Sammis pursuing the permitting process and yet displays a For Sale sign on the property? When permits are issued, it becomes a better selling advantage as they are transferable to any potential buyer. One or multiple buyers could own the land, building whatever they see fit on their acres (purchase as little as 3 acres). With the outcome of the permit process, Mr. Sammis could still use part of the land for his proposed Product Showcase…or not. What is predicted to be built on this beautiful land is uncomfortably unclear. As of July 15th, Seven Day’s Mark Davis for his article on the Randolph crisis received these comments from Mr. Sammis: “Sammis said he has no plans to pull up stakes — the signs have been there for years and could help him lure prospective tenants to his project. But ultimately, he said, everything is for sale, and his land would be far more lucrative if it came with permits allowing for a major development. “In real estate,” he said, “everybody has a price. I would sell it at the right price.”
— sourced from concerned Randolph community member
- Mr. Sammis, as founder and Chairman of the New England Land Company, Ltd., of Greenwich, CT developed and leased similar construction as proposed as part of the Green Mountain Center plans. The properties of The Center at Greenwich, just off I-95, include a 750,000 square foot mixed use complex including a 200,000 square foot corporate office building and the 400-room Hyatt Regency Greenwich Hotel.
— sourced from New England Land Development, Ltd.
- As of June 2015, there are 16 properties within downtown Randolph currently vacant which include properties owned by Mr. Sammis.
— sourced from research of a concerned Randolph business owner and community member
- As of September 2015, there are 92 (increase of 16 homes since June) homes for sales within Randolph presented by real estate agents.
—sourced from zillow.com
- Mr. Sammis has the Three Stallion Inn and the Montague Golf Club for sale between $2.6 and $.4.6 million. Going somewhere, Mr. Sammis? Contradicts the statement that he wouldn’t “pull up stakes”. —sourced from Four Seasons Southeby’s International Realty
- Outcome of proposed Green Mountain Center development contradicts with the description of Mr. Sammis’ other Randolph property.
— sourced from Green Mountain Stock Farm web site
- Rendering of the proposed VT Visitor’s Center and Product Showcase. Begs the question as to why the architecture needs to have two connected buildings?
— sourced from VTdigger.com (2013)
- Mr. Sammis’ political contributions mostly to the Republican Party…..and Governor Shumlin. Yet he maintains, as quoted, “I don’t want you turning this around that I made a contribution so he would support my Exit 4 project.”
— sourced from VTdigger.com (reprint from Valley News); view Shumlin Campaign Finances (scroll down to Top Contributors)
- April 2014 in regards to the proposed rest area at Exit 4: “A bill [H-448] currently in the state senate would make it easier in some cases to build on those [agriculteral] soils by paying for protect land elsewhere, and some environmentalists suspect that Sammis and the [Shumlin] administration are trying to get the bill passed to make the Randolph development possible.” “The administration still thinks “the concept is good,” [Vermont Administration Sec. Jeb] Spaulding said. “We hope it will be successful, but (it won’t be) if it can’t make the permtting process.” “Sammis has spent the last year [prior to 2014] lobbying lawmakers and administration officials for changes to Act 250 that would allow him to develop all of the parcel.”
— sourced from The Herald of Randolph and VPR