City Seeks Input on Possible New Moran Tenants | News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Please support our work!

Donate  Advertise

City Seeks Input on Possible New Moran Tenants 

Published January 8, 2010 at 11:03 a.m.

Burlington officials are asking residents to help them pick from among four potential new tenants for the Moran Redevelopment Project.

The city's Community and Economic Development Office will host a series of public meetings this month to solicit feedback and questions about the potential tenants, one of which will be selected to join Ice Factor International and the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center as tenants in the project.

Last fall, the Green Mountain Children's Museum pulled out of the project, leaving only two possible anchor tenants. Since then, the city received proposals from non-profit groups interested in occupying up to 7000 square feet of ground floor space in the Moran Center at Waterfront Park redevelopment project.

Burlington College, Burlington City Arts, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum offered proposals. Summaries of each organization’s proposal can be found after the jump.

Burlington City Arts:  Proposes to use 7000 square feet to create an extension of the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts with a focus on arts education. BCA would: run classes, camps and workshops in drawing, painting, photography and digital media, as well as professional development, design and merchandising; allow people to drop in and make art in short format classes; create exhibition space for education and tourism and rent space for large-scale events; and possibly manage a small store that would sell work of Vermont artists. BCA would grow their relationships with area colleges that currently use their facilities to offer classes for credit.

Burlington College:  Proposes to use between 4000 - 7000 square feet to create a multi-use facility to serve as a community gallery and public art space for exhibits, dance workshops, etc.; an event space for lectures, conferences, and events; and classrooms (including green build and environmental retrofitting classes). The college would also move (and expand) two functions to the Moran building: the Institute for Civic Engagement, which engages citizens in discourse regarding important issues; and the Pro Se Legal Clinic, which teaches low-income and disadvantaged Vermonters to manage their own legal issues. 

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts: Proposes to use approximately 3000 square feet of indoor space for classes, camps, and informal performance, plus some outdoor performance area, perhaps in the fountain/plaza area. Since FCPA is considering using less than the full space previously allotted to Green Mountain Children’s Museum, they have raised the possibility of collaborating with another organization whose mission and programming would be compatible (specifically mentioning BCA and LCMM). 

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum: Proposes to use 7000 square feet to create a new LCMM branch called the "Shipwreck Center," which will include interactive museum exhibits and theater space inside the building, focusing on the shipwrecks of Lake Champlain. The exhibits would include recovered artifacts, full sized replica vessels and other objects that tell the story of the lake's military, commercial and cultural history. LCMM also proposes to relocate to Moran the activities currently housed at Perkins Pier, including porting the schooner Lois McClure, and the Burlington Community and Youth Rowing project.

I'm sorry, but this last proposal had me at "Shipwreck Center." I think that's all I needed to hear to cast my vote (for myself and my kids). The rest of them seem fine, but those proposals could be housed in almost any space in Burlington. But, that's just me.

The city has secured or identified funding from a variety of sources that it claims will not impact local taxpayers. However, each of the private partners are on the hook to raise money to cover the costs of their own construction within Moran, and overall operations. Those development and funding agreements have yet to be signed with the city but are in the works.

As part of the process to identify a potential new tenant(s), the city solicited letters of interest, reconvened the Moran Advisory Group to make recommendations to the mayor on the possible new tenant(s) and will host a series of meetings at city Neighborhood Planning Assemblies in January.

Ward 6 NPA met last night.

Here is the remaining schedule:

Ward 1: Wednesday, January 13 – 7 p.m., Memorial Lounge in UVMs Waterman Bldg
Ward 2/3: Thursday, January 14 – 6:30 p.m., MultiGeneration Center, 241 N. Winooski Ave.
Ward 4/7: Tuesday, January 19 - 6:30 p.m., Miller Center, 130 Gosse Ct.
Ward 5: Wednesday, January 20 – 7 p.m., DPW/Parks Bldg, 645 Pine Street

In addition, the City Council's Parks, Arts and Culture Committee chaired by Independent Karen Paul will hold a public forum on January 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Miller Center, which is located at 130 Gosse Ct.

One or more images has been removed from this article. For further information, contact [email protected].
Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Tags: ,

More By This Author

About The Author

Shay Totten

Shay Totten

Shay Totten wrote "Fair Game," a weekly political column, from April 2008-December 2011.

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3


Comments are closed.

From 2014-2020, Seven Days allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we've appreciated the suggestions and insights, right now Seven Days is prioritizing our core mission — producing high-quality, responsible local journalism — over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2024 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation