Funds requested: $475,000 of an estimated $5 million project budget
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Who's behind it: Room 9 Redevelopment and the Charles Tipper Company
Funds requested: $2.5 million Converse Ballet
Burlington could soon invest at least $5 million to revamp its waterfront, and nine ideas are vying for a share of the funds.
Cherry Street PromenadeThe idea: Improve the experience for pedestrians and other forms of transportation along Cherry Street from the intersection with Battery Street to the intersection with Church Street, including the use of landscaping and art.
The groups have requested a total of about $17 million in tax increment financing funds, and the five person Public Investment Team will make recommendations to the mayor's office. City Council committees are expected to review a slate of proposals in December to prepare for a Council vote in January and a public vote in March.
Funds requested: $500,000 of an estimated $4.9 million project cost
Community Sailing CenterThe idea: Construct a 10,000 square foot building for the Community Sailing Center with outdoor storage and boat access at the former Moran Plant site.
Development Group is to create a community aquatic center on Burlington's waterfront that provides an inclusive environment for all to enjoy and learn one of life's most essential skills while fostering community, commerce and promoting economic development."
Groups present proposals for improving Burlington's waterfront
Quote from proposal: "Currently, the site has a sense of 'no eyes on the site,' a feeling of desolation, a high number of reported incidents and crimes. The project's design themes integrate improved public access and circulation to and through the site, supporting the evolution of the site into a more secure recreational connection for residents and visitors."
New MoranThe idea: Redevelop the former Moran Plant building into a mixed use community center with a maker space, glass blowing studio, garden, nano brewery, restaurant, community media studio, event space and more. The plan is led by two University of Vermont seniors, Tad Cooke and Erick Crockenberg.
Funds requested: $500,000 of an estimated Converse Brown Laces $1 million project cost
Burlington Harbor MarinaThe idea: Create 120 new slips, 40 moorings and land storage for up to 64 boats at the Moran site.
Who's behind it: Community Sailing Center
Funds requested: $1.5 million of a total $1.7 estimated project cost
Quote from proposal: "This project will support long needed infrastructural renovations and enhance essential components of an existing amenity, allowing Waterfront Park to shine as the Converse Shoes New Designs
Who's behind it: Burlington Department of Parks and Recreation
Funds requested: $4.55 million of an estimated $26 million project cost
City and community organizations are set to make the case for their ideas Wednesday and Thursday at Public Investment Team meetings. People can weigh in by attending or by commenting on the city's website.
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of an estimated $15.5 million project cost
Burlington Community Aquatics CenterThe idea: A 40,000 square foot building on the Moran site with a 10 lane competition pool, a leisure pool, wellness spaces, an eatery and more.
Who's behind it: Aquatics in Motion Development Group, LLC, which includes City Councilor Karen Paul and others
Quote from proposal: "The proposed project will immediately increase the quality and experience of thousands of City residents and visitors to an otherwise dangerous and ignored portion of the Burlington Waterfront, provide modern universal access facilities for hundreds of students and disabled residents seeking access to Lake Champlain and assure public access for all decades to come."
The city's request for ideas began in January with 120 initial responses, said Nathan Wildfire, assistant director for economic development at the Community and Economic Development Office. Those ideas were refined throughout the year, and the nine proposals emerged as finalists in October.
Quote from proposal: "Burlington is the largest population center on the lake but its harbor has the 9th largest marina capacity. As planned BHM's number of transient slips as well as adequate launch facilities will attract varied exciting and interesting events to the waterfront."Who's behind it: Burlington Department of Parks and Recreation
Quote from proposal: "We propose a mix used, energy self sufficient Moran building. This new Moran is a hub for waterfront events and conventions; it supports human powered recreation and access to local food, art, energy and technology."
Urban Reserve Interim Management ImprovementsThe idea: Upgrade paths in the 40 acre Urban Reserve, create accessible vistas, stabilize the shoreline and add signage, trees and vegetation.
Who's behind it: Burlington Harbor Marina, LLC
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