Burlington, Vermont - September 30, 2006
What to do with the old, abandoned Moran electric plant on the Burlington waterfront is still an active question. City officials solicited suggestions from the public Saturday, in a second round of questionnaires aimed at getting as much public input as possible. At least 100 people showed up under a tent adjacent to the plant to weigh in on the subject.
It's gaining some emotional responses. City officials emphasize that no single plan has emerged. The biggest issue is whether or not to tear down the towering building. City officials say demolition alone would cost more than $1 million.
Nick Warner of the Community & Economic Development Office said, "There are people that are passionate about keeping the building and those that are passionate about the building coming down, and that's a very interesting part of the debate."
City Councilor Barbara Perry (I-Ward 6) said, "There's a very passionate side to save this building, and I'm part of that passionate side. I'm in awe every time I stand here, and there are folks who would like to take it down, but I think when you look at all the plans, the one thing that's always here is a park, regardless of whether we rehabilitate it, regardless of whether we take it down."
Conceptual plans for the old Moran plant will be displayed for the next month on the third floor at City Hall.