RB | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

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Re: “Burlington City Council Votes to Re-Redesign City Hall Park

There's another side to this too and that's money. My understanding is the Pomerleau's gift towards park renovation ($500K?) was tied to the water splash area. Mr. Pomerleau wanted it, so in order to gain his gift the design included the splash area. I don't see why people are so quick to criticize people who want to save some shade trees and are willing to accept one person's influential gift.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by RB on 04/23/2018 at 11:00 AM

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.

18 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by RB on 04/20/2018 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Development Opponents Go Back to Court Over Burlington Mall

Thank you John Franco and 7 Days for keeping an eye on this project, Sinex and the City Administration and challenging them when major changes are made. I wonder if there is anything in this deal that precludes Sinex from turning the apartments into condos and selling them? I wouldn't be surprised to see that pop up in the near future.

23 likes, 55 dislikes
Posted by RB on 04/02/2018 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Changes to Mall Redevelopment Plan Create Fresh Controversy

Just the first of many changes. I don't trust Don Sinex and initially thought he would say anything to get this project approved when I attended the NPA meetings. And Sinex told the Driscoll campaign he "didn't want any trouble from the City when he submits plans for his next project (Macy's Building)", whatever that is going to be. It wouldn't surprise me either to see him converting them into condos for sale in the near future which takes these 288 apartments out of the city housing stock. Why else build a pool, a restaurant, workout room on the 7th & 12 the floors? I thought the intent of this project was to increase vitality of downtown Burlington and not isolate residents in a high rise. The Mayor, City Council and DRB are in over their heads with him. Thank you John Franco and CLC for being a watchdog on this project.

9 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by RB on 03/16/2018 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Inclusionary Visions: Burlington Mayoral Hopefuls Pitch Common Goals, Competing Ideas

I attended a neighborhood house gathering for Carina a few weeks ago and was very impressed. I found her to be articulate, very knowledgeable and deeply interested in the City of Burlington. Her experience as a City Counselor, State Rep, School Board Rep suits Burlington well. Her vision is much more inclusive of all Burlington residents especially the elderly and lower income. And wouldn't it be great to finally have a woman Mayor in Vermont's largest city? It's time for a change in City Hall and Carina is what our city needs now.

3 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by RB on 03/01/2018 at 8:45 AM

Re: “UVM Students Block Traffic to Pile Pressure on University President

I remember street protests at UVM during the Vietnam War. There probably have been other instances too. I'm sure the responses were the same back then. Rock on UVM students!

13 likes, 52 dislikes
Posted by RB on 02/23/2018 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Men Accused of Shooting 200 Cars in Burlington Over Two-Year Span

I know I'll probably get trashed on this forum but William is a decent young man. Yes, he's done something stupid and I'm sure regrets it and has caused people a lot of money. I do know his background, since he's was a young kid, and it hasn't been easy for him but he's always been a hard worker. I hope he can put this behind him and find his way.

5 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by RB on 02/16/2018 at 3:59 PM

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