Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said Friday that Brookfield Properties is moving ahead with the long-stalled CityPlace project despite the global coronavirus pandemic.
Weinberger said he had a productive discussion with senior Brookfield executives Friday. He said while it was hard to have certainty due to the pandemic, Brookfield remains optimistic.
“It was reassuring to hear from them that they see the pandemic as presenting more of a near-term disruption, and perhaps a delay in progress, they don’t see it changing what they think of the horizon,” he said. “They reiterated that their medium- and long-range view of this project remains positive.”
Brookfield announced late last year that it planned to start construction on a scaled-down, 10-story project in August.
Weinberger said that Brookfield agreed to remain in regular contact throughout the pandemic and he expected a more complete update in the next few weeks.
He said since construction isn’t set to start until late summer, he was hopeful the state would no longer be under the governor’s “stay home, stay safe” order that halted construction across the state.
“It would be an aggressive timetable to get from where they are today to construction in the late summer or fall,” he said. “We may well have to acknowledge that this pandemic is causing further delays in the weeks and months ahead, but that’s not what I’m announcing today. We don’t know that yet.”
— Aidan Quigley