Burlington City Council to consider Memorial Auditorium designs

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The future of Burlington's Memorial Auditorium is moving forward.

The downtown event space was closed a few years ago because it was deemed unsafe. Since then, the city has been grappling with what to do with the spot.

City officials say they heard loudly and clearly from the community that they want the auditorium back open.

Neale Lunderville is the director of the Burlington's Community and Economic Development Office. He says CEDO did a survey earlier this year and got more than 4,000 responses back from the community telling them what they would like to see done with the space.

"We heard from folks that they wanted it to be an event space. They want to make sure that we are capable of doing both music shows and events like the farmers market. And other types of youth-led programming in the space," Lunderville said.

He says CEDO will be presenting plans to a City Council committee in the first week of December. We expect to learn then what the designs might look like and what it would cost. Voters can expect to have their say on whether the city should renovate Memorial on the March ballot.