Covid 19

Making Space for Restaurant and Retail Recovery

Reconnecting Burlington

To continue Burlington's effort to help the community recover during the pandemic, Mayor Weinberger asked the Resource & Recovery Center, Public Works and the Church Street Marketplace to lead a multi-department initiative to develop expedited, low-cost strategies for businesses and residents to enjoy getting outside this summer. The Making Space initiative will allow businesses to comfortably expand into the right-of-way, and Burlingtonians to safely enjoy their summer outside.

Public health, public safety, economic recovery and helping Burlingtonians stay connected have guided this work.

The Making Space Initiative Has 3 Parts:

Building on DPW's successful Street Seat pilot last season, DPW and Church Street Marketplace will be working with the business community on an expedited, low-cost way to expand dining options and retail onto the greenbelt. See the guide below for more information on the program, design standards and the encumbrance application.
With pick-up options increasingly popular during this period of social distancing, we want to give businesses and residents the space they need. We will be working with the business community to determine where temporary, short term parking can be placed to allow safe, efficient pick-up of Burlington's excellent cuisine and retail. If you are a business looking to have short term parking added nearby, please email DPW Engineer Phillip Peterson
The city is working to find ways to allow businesses to safely operate outside this summer. This will include the closure of selected streets throughout the city.

Info & Design Guidelines

Street Seats & Expanded Sidewalk Guide



Program Contact:

Nicole Losch, Senior Transportation Planner,, 802-863-9094

Kara Alnasrawi, Resource & Recovery Center,

Encumbrance Application Contact::

Caleb Manna, DPW Excavation Inspector,

Parking Contact:

Phillip Peterson, DPW Engineer,

Media Contact::

Robert Goulding, DPW Public Information Manager,, 802-881-2278