Burlington, Vt. - Construction on the Burlington Town Center is getting closer and closer.
Officials said construction has started inside of the mall. Managing Partner Don Sinex represents the group that owns and is redeveloping the Town Center. While officials said that the work will be apparent in October, Sinex told Local 22 & Local 44 that structural demolition of the West side of the mall will begin in November.
Around 60 businesses have been moved out of the Town Center leading up to the redevelopment. Sinex said that 17 businesses will be staying open during the construction. Those businesses are located at the front portion of the Town Center off of Church Street.
As construction is getting closer, Sinex is already sealing deals for how the new building will be used.
"We'll be substantially pre-leased as we start demolishing the building," Sinex said.
The new construction will be made up of office, residential and retail spaces. Sinex shared they have signed a lease with UVM Medical Center that will take up about half of the office space. He's also working on two other leases that would take up another 25%.
As far as retail space, Sinex wouldn't give away what stores will be moving in. He did, however, give a hint.
"They are not traditional retailers in the sense that they offer goods they are more service oriented tenants," Sinex said. "I consider them Amazon-proof."
He said no leases have been signed on the retail side thus far.
"We don't have any leases signed but we are in lease negotiations with three larger users, which takes up about 65% of the retail space," Sinex said.
We were able to get Sinex to tell us that Apple is still in the mix of possible retailers. He said Apple is interested. Sinex said a deal wouldn't be made until construction nears an end.
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