Burlington Eyes More Waterfront Development

Burlington Eyes More Waterfront Development

With nicer weather, there are brighter days for businesses on the Burlington waterfront.
BURLINGTON, Vt. - With nicer weather, there are brighter days for businesses on the Burlington waterfront.

And the city is looking at ways to bring even more people to this important area in the future.

For people getting ready to head out on Lake Champlain, Wednesday was a perfect day for sailing in Burlington. But that was not the case when The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center opened for the year.

"The lake kept filling up and filling up and literally dampened the season," says Mark Naud, executive director of The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center.

Naud says the weather and business are finally a lot better.

"It's been spectacular for the past few weeks," says Naud.

That's good news for a lot of people.

"I think it's hard to overstate the importance of the waterfront to Burlington," says Mayor Miro Weinberger, D-Burlington.

Before community members Wednesday, Weinberger talked about developing more of the waterfront. The plans include a special tax district.

"I think it's fair to say, and I've said in the past, we've been stalled for awhile. I'm excited we're within days of actual, physical progress on the waterfront for the first time in quite awhile," says Weinberger.

That includes work on a new skate park.

The goal is to have more creative businesses and organizations here like the Sailing Center.

"We're happy for lots more," says Naud.

To check out the master plan for downtown Burlington and the waterfront, which the city council unanimously adopted last month, just CLICK HERE.

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