City of Burlington, Vermont City of Burlington, Vermont

Miro Weinberger, Mayor
Room 34, City Hall / Burlington, VT 05401 Phone: 802-865-7272 mayor@burlingtonvt.gov

 

Mayor's Office

Mayor Miro WeinbergerJuly 2017
 

As summer in our beautiful city continues, we have a few exciting updates regarding the future of Burlington and its programs and projects.  

CEDO Lead Program

On June 29th the Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) Burlington Lead Program announced that it has been awarded $2.9 million in program funding. This program is one of only 28 Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control grant recipients in the United States.

Since 2003, CEDO’s Burlington Lead Program has made 584 homes lead-safe, but there are still hundreds of pre-1978 homes in our city that could benefit from the free assessment and remediation services the Lead Program provides. This grant ensures that CEDO can continue its outstanding work making our homes and communities safer, giving them the opportunity to build upon their past success and perform hazard assessments and remediation on 162 pre-1978 rental and owner occupied housing units in Burlington and Winooski in the next three years.

The Burlington Lead Program is now accepting applications for Burlington and Winooski properties. To apply and/or learn more information about lead-based paint or other home health hazards, call CEDO’s Burlington Lead Program at 802-865-LEAD or visit www.burlingtonleadprogram.org.

Bike Path rehabilitation Phase 2 breaks ground

I hope you have had a chance to enjoy the new stretch of the Waterfront Bike Path between the Skate Park and North Beach. Construction on Phase 2 of the Bike Path Rehabilitation Project, which will rebuild and enhance the Bike Path from North Beach to the Winooski River, has now begun, including asphalt removal along the route. All asphalt removed during this project is being recycled at a local facility and the city is working to reduce waste, minimize soil management costs, and keep a majority of the material on site.

As with Phase 1, this effort includes widening the path and improving its drainage and sub-base quality for durability. Next year we will also improve three of the parks alongside the path and will expand the new Fitness Trail in partnership with the UVM Medical Center.

You can visit https://enjoyburlington.com/burlington-greenway-phase-2/ for updates on the construction schedule and detour information.

City receives grant for new neighborhood park

Since 2015, Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront and other City departments have been working with Vermont Land Trust to acquire the 12 acres to develop a new neighborhood park between North Avenue and the Burlington Greenway. On July 19th, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service announced that Burlington was awarded $500,000 to support this new park.

The grant will help us increase access to the Waterfront, connecting our Old North End neighborhood to the rehabilitated Bike Path and Lake Champlain. Thanks to our federal delegation, Senator Patrick Leahy, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, and Congressman Peter Welch, for helping secure these important funds.

Memorial Auditorium and Gateway Block

One project that community members have recently raised questions about is the redevelopment of Memorial Auditorium. I would like to update you on that project’s current status and share our current thinking about the future of the “Gateway Block.”

After multiple unsuccessful efforts to redevelop and reinvest in the building in prior decades, in 2013, PlanBTV – Downtown & Waterfront identified possibilities for renovating and/or repurposing Memorial Auditorium and the surrounding area, including the parking lot at the corner of South Winooski Avenue and Main Street. Over the course of 2016 the City vacated the building in recognition of its deteriorated physical condition.

In 2015, after taking some initial steps toward the launch of a new public process and Request for Proposals effort (RFP), the City explored with the University of Vermont (UVM) the possibility of siting a new hockey and basketball facility on the Gateway Block. Those conversations concluded in fall 2016 when, after careful consideration, UVM determined it would build the new facility on campus.

At the current time, the redevelopment of Memorial Auditorium is on hold as the City focuses on downtown and waterfront redevelopment efforts and infrastructure projects that are nearing or under construction. While the redevelopment of Memorial Auditorium remains a high priority and is expected to be our next major redevelopment effort, the timetable for moving forward has not yet been set. When the project resumes, the effort will begin with a robust public engagement process that includes work with the general public, stakeholder groups, committees and commissions. We are eager to work with the many community members who care deeply about Memorial Auditorium and the entrance into the City on this long-awaited and important effort.

I look forward to a continuing conversation about these and other important efforts in our city. As always, I encourage you to join me at the Bagel Café on Wednesday mornings from 8-9am to share any thoughts or questions you may have. You can also visit my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MiroBTV/, or follow me on Twitter at @MiroBTV for up-to-date information on the work of the Mayor’s Office and our City Departments. I look forward to seeing you soon.