Relying on state funds, two local business owners announced a plan to clean up and develop a contaminated plot of land in the city’s South End.
Despite projections the developers made in February, construction is unlikely at the “pit” in Burlington’s downtown in the near future, city officials said.
Lawmakers posed a series of last-minute changes and amendments after the governor announced his intentions to strike the bill down.
While environmental groups laud a bill that proposes changes to Vermont’s sweeping land use and development law, Scott and others oppose it due to concerns that it doesn’t go far enough to address Vermont’s housing crisis and would “actually make it much more difficult to build homes.”
In a surprise result, the charter change fell one vote short of advancing to the Senate after Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the measure last week.
Mayor Miro Weinberger also laid out his projections for the city’s upcoming annual budget, which is expected to cut spending in nearly all departments.
The $45 million deal allows the beleaguered project to go forward, with construction expected to begin in July.
A piece of the annual transportation budget passed by the state Senate is dedicated to studying whether regional or state governance would be better than the current city-run system.
A plan to build 30 individual units on an Old North End parking lot has garnered criticism from neighbors and business owners. City officials are moving ahead anyway, citing an anticipated uptick in homelessness this summer.
The acclaimed designer changed the face of Burlington by envisioning civic projects throughout the city. He died of heart failure in Burlington earlier this month.
In response to the call for Burlington to spend money on social services instead of police operations, city leaders are expanding two unarmed officer positions and hiring a “crisis team” to deal with mental illness calls.
Burlington city councilors heard updates about the long-beleaguered project at a Monday night meeting and sent a proposal that would regulate short-term rentals to the body’s ordinance committee.
During the City Council’s “Organization Day,” the 12-member body elected Democratic Councilor Karen Paul as its president and selected three councilors to sit on the Board of Finance.
Vermonters wonder what is getting lost in America’s decoupling with Russia.