Together For Progress Building Burlington’s Future
Who We Are: A collective of stakeholders engaged in continuing Burlington’s evolution as one of America’s most livable small cities. A group who envisions a Burlington as an inclusive community with a strong economy, a diverse housing mix, a vibrant job market, safe transportation options, and well-maintained infrastructure.
What we Believe: That Burlington can evolve into an ever more vibrant city -- thus enhancing the quality of life of residents and the economic prospects of businesses. A place where our children and future generations can find real opportunity to live, work and play, and where older adults can successfully age in place.
What we Support: We support projects and initiatives for Burlington, Vermont that create:
More Housing: create enough housing to achieve healthy long term vacancy rates that support affordability for all. Create diverse types of housing located in proximity to transportation options.
Compact Downtown Development: well-designed projects which bring a mix of uses including residential, commercial and services to Burlington’s downtown district.
Job Growth: retain and attract employees with good paying job and business opportunities for Vermonters of all ages and skill sets.
Solid Infrastructure: increase the resources available to improve, repair and maintain Burlington’s municipal capital infrastructure
Transportation Choices: improve and increase the range of transportation options located in close proximity to all Burlington and Chittenden County residents.
Walkable/Bikeable Network: rethink and redesign Burlington to respond to the demand for walkable, bikeable neighborhoods and provide walk and bike connectivity to every day locations.
Positive Education Outcomes: utilize community tax dollars in a reasonable and effective manner to create the best education outcomes for our youth.
Healthy Communities: provide access to reliable, safe and affordable community health services and to healthy lifestyle choices.
Clean Lake Champlain: programs and investments that will help reduce the phosphorous going into Lake Champlain.
What we Do: We educate and inform the public and community leaders with factual information to help inform decision making. We speak to our community and our constituencies about the importance of enacting initiatives outlined in the following adopted plans:
- The ECOS Plan
- PlanBTV Downtown and Waterfront
- Plan BTV Walk/Bike
- Downtown Parking and Transportation Plan
SIGN THE PETITION
Together For Progress
We, the undersigned, petition the City of Burlington leadership (including the Burlington City Council, Mayor Miro Weinberger, the Planning and Zoning Commission, Design Advisory Board and Design Review Board) to take all necessary steps to advance and approve the proposed redevelopment of the Burlington Town Center. The proposed redevelopment will help ensure economic vitality for our downtown through affordable housing and business space. The redevelopment will close an outdated and failing suburban mall, and replace it with mixed-use space that creates prosperity for all and adheres to the environmentally responsible principles of smart growth. The redevelopment will strengthen an already vibrant community and make Burlington and even better place to live, work and visit.
The Burlington Town Center redevelopment will result in the following benefits for the city:
- Affordable housing, which will attract middle class and young professionals and help keep a qualified and talented workforce in town.
- Modern and affordable retail and commercial space that will attract business and grow jobs.
- Reopening of Pine and St. Paul Street.
- Provide much needed additional property tax revenue.
- Environmentally sound, smart-growth development.
- Building up will reduce urban sprawl and concentrate economic revitalization right in the center of Burlington.
- Reduction in crime.
If you want to help build Burlington’s future please get involved!
• Host A House Party – Invite your family, friends and coworkers to learn about the Burlington Town Center Redevelopment. Together For Progress will provide updates on the benefits of the redevelopment as well as the development plans and financing proposals.
• Write a Letter to the Editor or Testimonial – Share why you support the Burlington Town Center Redevelopment with the community!
• Sign the Petition!
Rumor vs Fact
supporters of the Burlington Town Center Development
Burlington Area Businesses, Non-Profits, and Organizations:A Cuisine
Ben & Jerry’s
Burlington Paint & Sip
Burlington Town Center
Burlington Violin Shop
Champlain Housing Trust
Church & Main Restaurant
Church Street Tavern
Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
Courtyard Marriott and Hotel Vermont
Designer’s Circle Jewelers
Downtown Danform Shoes
Frog Hollow on the Marketplace
Garcia’s Tobacco Shop
Global Pathways Jewelry
Good Times Gallery
Green Life, Cherry St.
Halvorson’s Upstreet Café
Ken’s Pizza and Pub
Kiss the Cook
KL Mountain Sports / The North Face
Lake Champlain Chocolates
Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
Liebling, College St.
Marketplace Fitness Center
Maven Michael Kehoe, Ltd.
Next Level Barber Shop
North Star Leasing
One Half Lounge
Optical Center, Ltd.
Pawprint & Mail
Ri Ra Irish Pub
Saratoga Olive Oil
Scuffer Steak & Ale House
SkiRack Sox Market
Speeder & Earl’s
SR South LLC
Stephen & Burns Salon & Spa
Sweet Lady Jane
The Body Shop
Tina’s Home Design
Top of the Block Sandwich Shop
TruexCullins Vermont Architecture and Interior Design
Turning Point Center
Uncommon Grounds Coffee & Tea
United Way of Northwest Vermont
University of Vermont
University of Vermont Medical Center
Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Vermont Interfaith Action
Vermont Natural Resources Council
Von Bargen’s Fine Diamonds & Jewelry
Wilsuzan Associates Inc.
CHURCH STREET MARKETPLACE DISTRICT PROPERTY OWNERS
One Church Street Partnership, LLC
Wright Preston, Prelco
Jeff Davis, Two Church Street Properties
Gregoire Family (Tina’s Home Design)
Charles and Janet Perkins
Billy Mauer, Grandview Farms and Furst Management Ventures, LLC
Jeff Nick and Dan Morrissey, Nick & Morrissey
Joseph E. Frank
Frank & Betty Bouchett (Homeport)
Dot Real Estate, Dorothy Wolcoff
Myer Dana & Sons
Wood Family (Fremeau Jewelers)
Deb & Tom Miller, Miller Properties, LLC (Ken’s Pizza & Pub)
Howard Opera House Associates
William “Billy” Kiendl, V/t Commercial
Fred & Terry Palatino, 97 Church Street LLC, (Garcia’s Tobacco)
Berger Family (Lippa’s Jewelers)
Gary King (The Optical Center)
Robert Fuller, Leunig’s Building LLC
Stephanie Pape, 131 Church Street LLC
Steve Donahue Associates, Steve Donahue and Meg McGovern
Dave and Cormac Walsh, Ormer Group, LLC
Josh Markle (Ake’s Place)
Tim Pratt, (Global Pathways)
Mike Williams, One Forty Six Realty, LLC