The electric car maker had asked the city government to rezone the former Hannaford site off Shelburne Road so it could build a showroom and service center there.
Luke Donahue, 41, of Colrain, Massachusetts, was working in the field to serve customers during last week’s windstorm when a tree fell and hit him.
“I think we’re seeing more and more people kind of falling through the cracks,” said Lisa Falcone, executive director of Mercy Connections in Burlington.
The company, which sells insurance through car dealerships, is cutting about 15% of its workforce.
Joe Handy, of the Sisters and Brothers Investment Group, said he didn’t know if the church would be demolished. “We’re going through that right now,” he said.
Listservs have been abuzz, an ad-hoc group has been formed, and a letter circulating between the two communities to call for halting the closure has garnered more than 500 signatures. But the state of New Hampshire already has the $11 million project under contract.
The cuts come as the company anticipates a decrease in demand for semiconductors.
The move means Vermonters can no longer fly nonstop to Orlando, and it eliminates a direct flight to Denver.
Thanks to federal Covid relief funds, Vermont businesses, nonprofits and municipalities can now apply for funding to help cover the costs of capital improvements and expansions.
Homes are still selling, as inventory remains low, but observers are keeping a watchful eye on the markets.