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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sketch Review Meeting on the Burlington College Land Development


Meanwhile, Eric Farrell is going forward, with the administration's blessing, to build at 700 PLUS unit development on one of our last beautiful wild pieces of land, overlooking the waterfront--a wildlife corridor and a traditionally locally-utilized public space. Despite massive public outcry, including concerns about traffic, infrastructure, threats to the health of the lake, and the all-around bad deal brokered by Vermont Land Trust and the city (giving Farrell concessions and benefits, giving the public the questionable gift of  land that couldn't be built on anyway,&...), the city council unanimously pushed through this desecrating deal. Now that Burlington College has folded (a victim of reckless management, conflicts of interest between city government, board members of the college, and the local developer community, as rapacious developers and friends of developers colluded to let the college fail while salivating over the delicious, disabled morsel), Farrell is ready to step in and pick up the last remaining crumbs of real estate. For anyone who has the stomach for it, there are more horrors to come, and perhaps there is still something that can be done to at least ameliorate, if not stop, this project.

There will be a sketch review of Farrell's project by the Design Review Board on Tuesday, June 7th from 5-8 P.M. at Contois.  Will there be anyone there to witness, say a last word in defense of the land, of public process, of the lake? I hope so.


3 comments:

  1. I'll be there. This is particularly worth looking at - as points the board already has concerns about. https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/sites/default/files/Agendas/SupportingDocuments/311-375%20North%20Ave%2016-1183SPstaff.pdf

    One of the points I would like to make is that we will be living with this for a very long time, and it's therefore worth taking the time to do it right. Yes, Burlington needs housing, particularly affordable housing, but I am far from convinced that this out of scale project is a reasonable way to provide it. Imposing such a large project in an area that has traditionally been primarily politically disenfranchised working class, without adequate community involvement is problematic and troubling, to say the least.

    As it stands, this Burlington sized Pruitt–Igoe does not seem the way to go.

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  2. Thank you, Meg. You may know that there is a meeting of Save Open Space tonight at 6:30 at Peace and Justice Center. Anyone is welcome.

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