City Council approves Higher Ground relocation to Burton campus

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City Council voted to approve a zoning change on Monday that will allow Higher Ground to relocate to the Burton building on Industrial Parkway.

The music venue is currently located on Williston Road in South Burlington, and will still need to obtain permits before the move is official.

The relocation would have a big impact on Burlington’s South End, and some residents at Monday’s meeting expressed concern.

“Dropping the state’s largest rock club in the middle of a residential neighborhood that has one residential street to transport patrons in and out… I just can’t believe that’s actually on the table,” said John Creason.

While many opposed to the relocation shared Creason’s concerns about traffic, those in favor of it felt the venue could bring more businesses and people to the South End.

“I feel this change will make the South End a more vibrant and livable area,” said Brett Smith. “When I moved to the neighborhood 20 years ago, the building we’re talking about was a weapons manufacturer. I view the contemplated uses under this amendment as vastly more favorable.”

According to Vermont Public Radio, the plan would also include a food hall with several local restaurants and outdoor seating. 

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