Next Steps for BTC Redevelopment Following November 8th Local Election Results
Posted November 21, 2016
On November 8, 2016, two ballot items related to the Burlington Town Center redevelopment passed with a simple majority. The first item was the adoption of the proposed Downtown Mixed Use Core (DMUC) Overlay zoning amendment (ZA 16-14). You can find more information about the amendment here. The second was approval of the use of up to $21.8M in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to fund public improvements to Bank and Cherry streets and the acquisition, construction, and streetscape improvements on Pine and St. Paul Streets. More info on how TIF will work in relation to the BTC redevelopment here.
What’s next? The City must finalize a Development Agreement with the owner of BTC over the next couple of months, and the owner must also submit redevelopment plans for the necessary permits. The permitting process will include public reviews of the proposed project and its design by the Design Advisory Board, Development Review Board, and Conservation Board. The public is invited to attend these meetings and provide input to the boards during the public forum.
A timeline for these meetings will be posted on this page as it becomes available. You may find agendas for regular and special meetings of Planning & Zoning’s Boards and Commissions at https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/PZ/Boards-and-Commissions, and agendas for City Council and its Committees at http://www.boarddocs.com/vt/burlingtonvt/Board.nsf/Public.
Burlington Town Center Redevelopment Unveils Updated Project Sketch Plans
Posted October 20, 2016
Devonwood Investors, owner and developer of the Burlington Town Center, unveiled updated project sketch plans for the project that respond to several suggestions from the public and the City's Boards and Commissions over the summer. These updated plans also meet all of the requirements of the proposed Downtown Mixed Use Core Overlay zoning. Revisions to the plans include reducing the mass of the upper story portions; adding housing to the facades on Cherry and Bank to buffer the parking garage from street view; eliminating the underground, interior east-west corridor bringing all retail and services to street level; and modifications to the facade articulation and materials to meet the prescriptive urban design standards of the proposed zoning. Updated plans can be reviewed, here.
City Evaluation of Market Feasibility Assessment and Developer Capability Online
Posted October 19, 2016
The City of Burlington engaged ECONorthwest to advise the City of Burlington regarding the redevelopment of the Burlington Town Center. EcoNorthwest assessed Devonwood's development capacity to successfully execute the redevelopment of the Burlington Town Center Site, and vetted the feasibility of the redevelopment plan. These documents are located in the project document library, here, under "Most Recent Documents"
Market Feasibility Assessement Now Online
Posted September 26, 2016
A report prepared for Burlington City Council, by Doug Kennedy Advisors on behalf of Devonwood Investors, LLC, is now available online, here. The report summarizes a market analysis designed to assess the market-based feasibility of the redevelopment of the Burlington Town Center as proposed.
Public Hearing on Proposed DMUC Overlay September 29
Posted September 13, 2016
At it's meeting on September 12, the City Council voted on a number of amendments to the proposed Downtown Mixed Use Core Overlay Zoning Amendment. The Council also voted to warn the revised amendment for public hearing. The Public Hearing on the proposed amendment will take place on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:00pm in Contois Auditorium, City Hall, 149 Church Street. The revised version of the proposed amendment, as it was warned for public hearing, is available online, here.
Presentation on Public Space Improvements Now Online
Posted September 12, 2016
Burlington Town Center Public Space Improvements: Restoring the Grid, Activating City Life, a presentation which provides information on the proposed street connectivity and nearby public improvements associated with the redevelopment of the Burlington Town Center is now available. Reconnecting St. Paul and Pine Streets to restore north-south connectivity, and the activation of Cherry Street to connect Church Street to the Lake are two key goals of planBTV Downtown & Waterfront and were important elements in the public discussion of this project. Without the City’s investment in these public improvements using TIF, the public improvements likely would not be included in the project, and the project itself would likely occur in a significantly different or less desirable way than proposed. The presentation is available online, here.
Model Available at Fletcher Free Library
Posted August 11, 2016
A three-dimensional model of a portion of the downtown, in which the proposed BTC Project and the proposed Downtown Mixed Use Core Overlay zoning amendment would apply, is available for public viewing at Fletcher Free Library during regular library hours. The model features existing buildings in the downtown, as well as the proposed Burlington Town Center project; the model was built to assist the community in its evaluation of the project. As part of the Predevelopment Agreement with City Council, funds to prepare the model were provided by the mall owner. The informational display located with the model is available online, here. Additional pedestrian-level, photo realistic views of the proposed BTC project within the downtown context are available, here.
Proposed Downtown Mixed Use Core Overlay Amendment sent to City Council
Posted July 19, 2016
Following its July 6 Public Hearing, the Planning Commission sent the proposed Downtown Mixed Use Core (DMUC) Overlay Zoning Amendment to City Council. The Planning Commission will complete a letter with the members' comments regarding the proposed amendment, and send it to the City Council for consideration at a later date. The City Council received the proposed amendment at their July 11 meeting and referred it to the Ordinance Committee to review. City Council has asked the Ordinance Committee to refer the amendment back to the full Council for a work session at its August 15 meeting. The Council will schedule two additional work sessions to discuss the amendment on August 18 and 24.
Board & Commission Meetings Schedule Update
Posted May 27, 2016
The proposed DMUC Zoning Amendment and plans for the proposed redevelopment of the BTC Mall site will be on agendas at these upcoming Board & Commission meetings. Agendas for these meetings can be found on the Planning & Zoning website, here. Agendas for these meetings are typically posted the week prior to a meeting; check the Board & Commission pages for updates.
- June 6, 2016, 5:30PM, Planning & Zoning Conference Room, City Hall: Conservation Board, Sketch Plan Review
- June 9, 2016, 6:00PM, BPD Community Room, One North Ave: Planning Commission Work Session. Please Note: This meeting is intended to provide the Commission ample time to discuss the proposed amendment.
- June 14, 2016, 3:00PM, Conference Room 12, City Hall: Design Advisory Board, Sketch Plan Review
- June 14, 2016, 6:30PM, BPD Community Room, One North Ave: Planning Commission
- June 28, 2016, 5:00PM, Contois Auditorium, City Hall: Development Review Board Special Meeting
- July 6, 2016, 6:30PM, Contois Auditorium, City Hall: Planning Commission Special Meeting
Frequently Asked Questions Documents Online
Posted May 27, 2016
The proposed redevelopment of the Burlington Town Center Mall is a transformative project in our downtown. Many residents have either attended one or more of the six public events and engagement sessions related to the redevelopment, attended City Council and Planning Commission meetings to provide comment, or have submitted questions and comments to these boards, staff, and the mall owner. The City has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to provide clarity and information around issues such as zoning, height, public process, the role of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) in the project, and other City commitments. You may find the FAQ document here, as well as a form to submit other comments or questions about the project here.
Sun Studies, Photovisualizations, and 3D "Fly-over" Model Available
Posted May 20, 2016
The BTC Mall Team has made a series of before-and-after images from various locations around the City available for review. Additionally, a 3-D "fly-over" model and animated sun studies have been provided. To view these documents, please click here, and and find the links to download under "Current BTC Mall Proposed Plans."
City Council-Approved Predevelopment Agreement available
Posted May 4, 2016
On May 2nd, the City Council approved a Predevelopment Agreement between the City of Burlington and the mall property owner, Don Sinex’s BTC Mall Associates LLC, for the redevelopment of the Burlington Town Center mall. The Approved Predevelopment is available here: City Council-Approved Predevelopment Agreement, 5-2-16 , and additional documents related to this project, please click here.