Moran project moves closer to reality

BURLINGTON Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss and representatives of Ice Factor, the Community Sailing Center and the Green Mountain Childrens Museum held a public signing of memoranda of understanding (MOU) for the Moran redevelopment project. The event took place at the firehouse center Oct. 28. MOUs for each of the project partners were unanimously approved by the Burlington City Council at its Oct. 20 meeting. At the same meeting the council unanimously approved $164,533 in funding for a first phase of architectural and engineering work which will provide more detailed and reliable cost estimates for the plan. The cost estimates are anticipated within three to four months, during which time the city and its partners will work on detailed development agreements to implement the project. Like the MOUs, the development agreements are subject to city council approval. Working with the Ice Factor, the sailing center and museum, the citys plan is to redevelop the Moran site to include an indoor ice and rock climbing facility, a children's museum, outdoor ice skating rink, splash water park, public park, café ˇnd restaurant, and retention of the sailing center. The project work plan also results in significant improvements at and near the site, including upgrades to the bike path, road surfaces, and pedestrian walkways. On Town Meeting Day, March 4, Burlington voters were asked in an advisory question whether they wanted the city to move forward with the Moran site redevelopment plan. Sixty-five percent of Burlington voters were in favor of moving forward with the plan.

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