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Re: “Wannabe Home Buyers in Burlington Have to Get Creative

People dont seem to be looking hard enough.... I have an amazing house that I need to sell ASAP in Shelburne, priced BELOW Burlington housing prices, in a family-friendly neighborhood, on Zillow, FSBO. Hit me up! Juniper Ridge in shelburne, asking $395k. Do your homework folks. Use the Internet. Been on the market 4 weeks, no offers. Come on!

3 likes, 26 dislikes
Posted by Jennifer B Martin Brown on 06/17/2018 at 1:37 PM

Re: “On the Brink: Burlington Development Pushes Boundaries on Lakeview Terrace

Lake is dead. Protection of view is a thing of the lesser past. All the locals with the privilege to wreck the place.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Antiquarian on 06/08/2018 at 10:28 PM

Re: “On the Brink: Burlington Development Pushes Boundaries on Lakeview Terrace

Bye bye lake! Lets stuff another 3000 defecating homo sapiens and their trash and asphalt onto the once pristine lands abutting the lake. Then as the lake continues to become a polluted sewer we can all wring our hands collectively and wonder how do we clean up the lake? Be sure to blame agriculture and farming, the eternal scapegoat.

9 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by wahrheit on 06/07/2018 at 6:05 AM

Re: “On the Brink: Burlington Development Pushes Boundaries on Lakeview Terrace

//Farrell said he had too much on his plate at the time to take on another residential project. So, two months later, he sold the land for $155,000 to "the boys at Redstone."//

And this, my friends, is eveything you need to know about development in Burlington.

26 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Oleander on 06/06/2018 at 12:50 PM

Re: “An Architect's Stowe Home Combines Energy Efficiency and Personal Flair

I want to live there!

Posted by GeishaGirl on 06/01/2018 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Burlington Homeowner Turns Old Outbuildings Into a Sweet Airbnb Pad

I wonder if the NYT ever has stories about their employees side gigs...

Posted by The Oracle on 05/05/2018 at 4:45 PM

Re: “New Champlain College Dorm to Ease the Student Housing Crunch

Gloria makes some very good points. Burlington's big issue is over 30+% of its grand list is non profit properties so the remaining 70% of property owner's taxes subsidize UVM Medical Center, UVM, Champlain College to pay for city budget and education. My issue with this new project is the taxes will be mostly frozen at the acquired property value and not go up over time because it is owned by Champlain College unlike a typical for profit entity owning the building. Champlain College and UVM aren't building these properties out of the goodness of their hearts to help Burlington's housing crunch, they're building them so they can increase enrollments. As long as the City continues to allow them to classify their properties as non-exempt the tax burden will continue to fall disproportionately on the citizens of Burlington.

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Posted by RB on 04/20/2018 at 3:09 PM

Re: “New Champlain College Dorm to Ease the Student Housing Crunch

@Gloria Flinn
I agree let's make college even more unaffordable. Keep it up and you won't have to worry where college kids live. They will be living in another college town.
Time to think about how much money they and their families bring to Burlington.
Tell again where Burlington would be without the colleges.

8 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by BradD on 04/19/2018 at 4:22 PM

Re: “New Champlain College Dorm to Ease the Student Housing Crunch

"Students will be given free pizza and red bulls"... ah, so what the mayor and his dem cohorts did to win votes??

10 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Drew Baker on 04/19/2018 at 12:46 PM

Re: “New Champlain College Dorm to Ease the Student Housing Crunch

My comment was cut-off, so here is the remainder -

All property, particularly commercial rental property, which is what student housing is, should be taxed the same regardless of who the owner is. Now thats something the teachers union and the Support Our Teachers groups should get behind.

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Posted by Gloria Flinn on 04/19/2018 at 11:43 AM

Re: “New Champlain College Dorm to Ease the Student Housing Crunch

Burlingtonians often complain that Burlington is an unaffordable place to live and buy a home. If we allow more rental units to be built, the cost of housing will come down, goes the refrain. Possibly. But in my opinion, it is Champlain College and UVM setting the rents and therefore the cost of housing. The two institutions make tax paying homeowners salivate. 341 beds, at the lowest rent of $965 (assume per bed) equates to $3,636,120 gross revenue; 194 St. Paul Street property assessed at $945,200 with property taxes at $25,175.40. That values each bedroom at $2,771.85 and taxed at $73.83. If only I could be a landlord or a tax paying property owner with the same valuation metrics, instead the property owners and the primary/high school public school system subsidize the private and public college institutions. No low income housing requirements either. And keep in mind, every other rental will now use 194 St. Paul Street as it's comp and get it's valuation and taxes reduced. Redstone Apts on South Prospect St was able to get its valuation reduced from $14,400,000 in 2010 to the current $10,000,000. Did your valuation go down by 30% in the last 8 years? When I spoke to John Vickery in the Burlington assessors' office, he told me "it's complicated." No, John it's not complicated. Housing, especially rental housing, should be taxable at the same rates regardless of who the owner is. Now that's something the teacher's union should get behind to support the funding of our schools.

21 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Gloria Flinn on 04/19/2018 at 11:09 AM

Re: “New Champlain College Dorm to Ease the Student Housing Crunch

@ critikboy
How are things in your negative world? Has the Mayor ever done anything that you consider positive?
Let us know how the 1890's working out for you!

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Posted by BradD on 04/19/2018 at 7:55 AM

Re: “New Champlain College Dorm to Ease the Student Housing Crunch

One question that wasn't asked in this rosy scenario piece... Now that space has been made available due to the new construction all over... When do the colleges increase their enrollment?... the cycle of increasing rents will continue... this naive 18th century belief in the invisible hand of the market is a bit outdated and illusory... basically the mayor and his developer buds have made more space for wealth to move into... that's it... same old same old from Mayor Builder Boy... and even if I were a supporter of all things gentrification and revenue, I'd be a little puzzled as to why he gave such a sweetheart deal to Champlain College who don't really pay their fair share of taxes and have them plunk a dorm and a bunch of students right in the center of downtown rather than build some nice high end condos and get more tax revenue? The coffee shops and restaurants on the bottom floor would still make the rooms and meals taxes and you wouldn't have to deal with the problems of a dorm in the middle of downtown... you could have gotten some income taxes and property taxes as well. Not a great deal and doesn't really solve any problems. I'm sure the owners of those pricey Stratos condos are thrilled to have new neighbors...

11 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 04/18/2018 at 8:37 PM

Re: “New Champlain College Dorm to Ease the Student Housing Crunch

Thank you Mayor Weinberger for doing what previous administrations only gave lip service to. This is what makes for a more livable city.

37 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by BradD on 04/18/2018 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Burlington Homeowner Turns Old Outbuildings Into a Sweet Airbnb Pad

You might have missed this in the third paragraph: "But due to some legal snafus, the construction and permitting costs ran much higher than Sollberger had anticipated about $150,000."

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Eva Sollberger on 04/16/2018 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Burlington Homeowner Turns Old Outbuildings Into a Sweet Airbnb Pad

"Despite her big up-front expenses, Sollberger sounded cautiously optimistic that charging $120 per night with a two-night minimum will give her a solid return on her investment."

So what were the total expenses?

Huge hole in story.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 04/16/2018 at 2:33 PM

Re: “A Burlington Landscape Architect Creates Functional, Sustainable Outdoor Spaces

I have worked with Cynthia Knauf on a small but important project; a memorial garden for a beloved community member. Cynthia was highly professional and generous in our meetings with both her time and creative responses. Her designs were beautiful and she brought a particular magic and attention to qualities I didn't expect as we envisioned how to make this contemplative garden a special place for humans, pollinators, birds and sound. Anyone who gets to work with her is very lucky. C.D. .

Posted by Cami Davis on 04/08/2018 at 3:37 PM

Re: “A Burlington Landscape Architect Creates Functional, Sustainable Outdoor Spaces

We cant say enough good things about Cynthias attention to detail and inspired solutions to landscape design in our challenging climate. Black River Design has had the pleasure of working with her on several commercial and residential projects and looks forward to the next collaboration.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Black River Design Architects on 03/28/2018 at 1:12 PM

Re: “A Burlington Landscape Architect Creates Functional, Sustainable Outdoor Spaces

I have known Cynthia for over a decade and have interacted with her professionally on several projects. She is gracious and kind and is an exceptionally creative landscape architect. Her design solutions are inspired; her sense of color, proportion, and flow create beautiful and exciting spaces. I recommend Cynthia without hesitation; it is such a pleasure to work with her.

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Posted by Penny Miller on 03/24/2018 at 9:24 PM

Re: “A Burlington Landscape Architect Creates Functional, Sustainable Outdoor Spaces

Cynthia Knauf is a top-notch landscape architect with an impeccable reputation in the industry.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Jerry Johnson on 03/20/2018 at 7:10 PM

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