In February 2014, Kathy McQuillen closed her family’s flower shop, which had been a fixture in this small city’s downtown for nearly 50 years.
Not because business was slow or the rent had soared.
Newport, at the heart of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, was about to undergo a renaissance, touted by Gov. Peter Shumlin and the state’s congressional delegation.
Old buildings, including the one that McQuillen’s flower shop had occupied since 1966, were slated for demolition. From the rubble, a three-story hotel, upscale apartments, retail shops and restaurants would rise.
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