Our mission is to design and construct high quality buildings, streetscapes, and neighborhoods that significantly enhance the social livability and environmental sustainability of urban communities.  Our work incorporates mixed-use, walkability, and human scale development.  

David Scheuer, Founder

David Scheuer founded the Retrovest Company in 1981.  Under his leadership the Company built a reputation for design quality, environmental sensitivity, and healthy neighborhoods in the residential and mixed-use projects.

Since 1989 he was active in the Urban Land Institute, where he served on the Public/Private Partnership Council; He recently chaired ULI’s National Convocation on Building Healthy Communities and was a frequent speaker on behalf of ULI’s Healthy Communities Initiative. 

David was former National Director of the National Association of Home Builders; a former Board Member of the Preservation Trust of Vermont and The Flynn Theatre for the Performing Arts; and was a co-founder of the Fund for Vermont’s Third Century; he served as Vice President of Preservation Action, a Washington D.C. citizens’ organization. He was a founding member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. In 1990 Mr. Scheuer was inducted into Lambda Alpha, the National Land Economists Society.  He served on the Executive Board of the National Town Builders’ Association and LOCUS, the developer arm of Smart Growth America.  For ten years he served on the Board of Champlain College where he chaired its Facilities Committee.  Mr. Scheuer was appointed by Governor Howard Dean to Vermont’s Municipal Land Law Review Commission (2001-2003).  His other activities included: President’s Transition Team for Department of Housing and Urban Development (1993); and the Democratic Leadership Council Task Force on Energy & Environment (2000-2006).

In his other life endeavors, he had a passion for alpine skiing, bluegrass, horseback riding, and cattle ranching.

We were saddened to lose David’s daily presence in August 2015 when he passed away after a battle with ALS.  We regularly miss his one-liners, his wisdom, his fantastic stories, and his golden retrievers.

We're proud to be members of the following organizations:

  • The Congress for the New Urbansim, which promotes walkable communities, human-scale public spaces, and housing options for diverse ages and income levels;
  • The National Town Builders Associationa networking and peer-education association for smart-growth developers;
  • The Urban Land Institutea nonprofit research and education organization committed to best practices in urban development, city planning, and land use policy.


    70 South Winooski Ave., Ste 2A
    Burlington, VT 05401-3830

    (p) 802-863-8323