Vermont mall to close and be redeveloped

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The owners of a Vermont mall say they intend to close and redevelop the property.

The owners of the Diamond Run Mall told The Rutland Herald they had never planned on maintaining the site as a mall.

Zamias Services CEO Joe Anthony says the Rutland mall will close, but he is unable to say when, due to confidentiality agreements. He says they plan to convert it into a “mixed-use” facility, but could not give any more detail.

At least two businesses were evicted from the mall last week, with another saying they plan to move downtown. Old Navy’s corporate offices told the Herald its store would close later this year.

Anthony says he hopes the new facility will be something that “everyone would have open arms for.”

Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/

2 cited for trespassing at Leahy’s office for F-35 protest

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Two veterans concerned about F-35 jets coming to Vermont have been cited for trespassing during a sit-in at U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy’s office in Burlington, Vermont.

Police cited Rosanne Greco and Roger Bourassa after they sat in Leahy’s office for a couple of hours Monday, trying to get Leahy to sign a list of demands, such as having the jets fly more before they arrive, buying homes in noise zones, and holding more public hearings.

Both told WCAX-TV they have been protesting the planes’ arrival for a while. They are scheduled to appear in court next Thursday.

The Vermont National Guard has said the planes will be here within a couple weeks. The F-35s are replacing the F-16s.

Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com

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