Next generation takes up Chapman’s torch

FAIRLEE—On Sunday, May 6, 2007, a raging fire consumed the Colby Block in Fairlee, displacing a number of apartment residents and several businesses on Main Street. Since then, not much has happened to rebuild the site. That is beginning to change.
The former Colby Block parcel is now owned in partnership as Appleseed, LLC. It is being renamed Chapman’s Place.
On May 8, volunteers helped transform the site into a family friendly park for the season while bigger plans for the future percolate. Since then, a gazebo, picnic tables and Chapman’s Elixirs, a coffee and pastry truck, were installed on site. Over Memorial Day weekend, a tent was hoisted in which the Chapman family envisions hosting musical performances and other activities.
Across the street, more changes are afoot.