Long-vacant building on Waterfront welcomes community

BURLINGTON -- The Community Economic and Development Office (CEDO) held an open house on Saturday, October 13, at which numerous organizations presented information to the public about the possibilities for reusing the Moran Plant on the Burlington Waterfront. The open house ran from noon to 4 p.m. and featured proposals including extending the waterfront park, introducing a childrens museum, information from the sailing center, a rock and ice climbing facility and an expanded skate park. Mayor Bob Kiss was on hand and introduced his proposal to redevelop the Moran Plant. The Green Mountain Childrens Museum was included in Mayor Kiss plan, and the organization was happy about the prospect of making the long-vacant and historically important building its home. The GMCM provided for the event a sample of the types of activities offered by a childrens museum, including oversized blocks and boxes for building. Parents and children alike were also able to try out a tops table. Blueprints for Kiss proposed renovations and the initial layout of the museum were on display. GMCM founder Mia Graham Beer noted that the waterfront is like a playground for Burlington, and that it is an ideal backdrop for a childrens museum. Furthermore, Beer noted that the Moran Plants year-round accessibility fits with one of the GMCMs central philosophies, that the museum be easily accessible for all Vermonters. Vermont is one of four states nationwide that does not have its own childrens museum.

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