Last week, Burlington’s Development Review Board rejected a six-story apartment building proposed to house Champlain College students in the city’s downtown.
“Champlain College is disappointed by what we hope is a minor setback,” David Provost, Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration of Champlain College told the BBA. “We are hopeful there is a path forward in working with the City of Burlington on getting a project back on course to bring 300 upperclassman to a downtown district that would benefit significantly from a dense active housing project.”
The Champlain Parkway is once again at the forefront of conversations in Burlington’s buzzing south end. The BBA sees this project as a great opportunity to add to the vibrancy of the south end and recently formed a working group of business leaders to publically support the project.
Burlington Free Press - The fate of a single, dog-legged South End intersection — and by extension, Burlington’s proposed Champlain Parkway — might soon shift out of neutral, pending a final decision by the Vermont Environmental Court.
Burlington Free Press - Burlington’s finances are on the mend, Mayor Miro Weinberger said Monday in a State of the City address that focused almost entirely on the municipal balance sheet.
“After two years of focus and resolve to fix our troubled municipal finances, we have turned the corner, and the State of the City is steadily and measurably improving,” Weinberger said in the annual address at the Burlington City Council organizational meeting.
The BBA is happy to welcome The Vermont Wine Merchants Company back to the BBA Annual Dinner as a supporting sponsor for the third straight year. VT Wine will provide a wine pairing as part of our Chef-to-Table live auction item, as well as have select bottles available for purchase. This summer, VT Wine owners Mike and Tracy Stolese will be bringing more buzz to Burlington's waterfront with the annual Burlington Wine and Food Festival
WPTZ - The Chittenden County Transit Authority Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a three-year contract for its bus drivers Thursday afternoon, effectively restoring service.
The drivers had been on strike since March 17. Service resumes Friday and will be fare-free through Sunday, April 13. Customers taking the Montpelier LINK Express service will receive vouchers instead.
The loan is a key turnaround in the fortunes of the city-owned fiber-optic Internet, telephone and cable TV utility, Mayor Miro Weinberger said before the signing ceremony and news conference at Burlington City Arts.
"When you walk in the door you really feel like you're in Vermont," Hotel Vermont General Manager Hans van Wees said in an interview following the hotel’s opening. "It's a contemporary environment but with strong connections to the past, and to Vermont craftsmanship."
“Burton is honored to be named the BBA’s 2014 Business of the Year,” said Burton President Donna Carpenter. “Not only have we built our business here in Vermont, Jake and I have raised our family here. Vermont and Burlington are a part of Burton's DNA, and you can see that in everything from our product design to our company culture. We’re also proud to support a number of local projects that give back to the community, like Chill, the youth development program we founded here in Burlington, and the Northeastern Family Institute (NFI Vermont), where we recently donated nearly $1,000,000 worth of outerwear, shoes, apparel and hardgoods to families in need. I can’t think of a better place for Burton to call home.”
“Both the community at large and the business community have benefitted greatly from Dave's vision and passion,” said Kevin Owens, CEO of Select Design and BBA board member. “Whenever I visit the Champlain campus, I see motivated and engaged students, many of whom are choosing to stay in the area to work after graduation. Select has been fortunate to have hired several, and based on the pragmatic approach to their education, they add immediate value.”
Statement from the Mayor's Office - Mayor Miro Weinberger announced on Wednesday hat the City of Burlington has reached a key milestone set forth in last month’s Burlington Telecom (BT) Mediated Settlement Agreement. The City has agreed to terms with local business person, Trey Pecor, President of Lake Champlain Transportation, and Vermont-based Merchants Bank, regarding $6 million of bridge financing for BT.
The city wants to eliminate restrictions on when special events can be held in the park during the year, and has proposed specific guidelines on noise levels to replace the standards in place now, which are said to be vague and difficult to apply. Some neighbors say that major events are too loud as things stand, and that allowing more would make life near the park even less tolerable than it already is.
The BBA welcomed Jeffrey Tumlin, owner and principal of the transportation planning and engineering firm Nelson\Nygaard out of San Francisco, to its Downtown Parking Summit this month as the event's keynote speaker. A vibrant speaker, Tumlin is a transportation planner specializing in the sustainable development of transit-oriented master plans wirth experience in cities such as Portland, Seattle, Denver and Vancouver. He delivered a dynamic presentation of ways in which our city can both improve and sustain a better parking system.
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