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Construction has yet to begin on the CityPlace Burlington project, but its owners are already planning the second phase of the development.
On Thursday evening, attendees of the Neighborhood Planning Assembly for Wards 2 and 3 got a glimpse of developers’ plans for the buildings surrounding the famous “pit”, including what remains of the old downtown shopping mall. City of Burlington and the now vacant LL Bean Building. .
Concepts show a four-story, 15-unit apartment complex overlooking Church Street and a 12-story hotel with approximately 240 rooms. The entrance to the hotel would be on a section of Rue Saint-Paul that has been separated from the city network by the old shopping center. Developers have agreed to rebuild portions of St. Paul and Pine streets as part of the main CityPlace project.
The drawings also show two restaurants – one on the first floor and another on the roof – as well as underground parking for about 100 cars, retail spaces on the ground floor and a pedestrian walkway connecting Church and St. Paul.
“[The walkway is] a nice connection between phase one, which is what everyone calls ‘the pit’…to get people all the way to Church Street,” developer Dave Farrington said. “There’s probably 600 or 700 people who will be living in phase one who can get straight to Church Street – to shops and restaurants and all through what we now know as the main street level of the existing mall.
Once built, the new project and the original CityPlace development would add a combined 450 new housing units to the city centre.
The updates follow other major CityPlace news. Late last month, CityPlace partners Farrington, Al Senecal and Scott Ireland announced they had acquired majority owner Don Sinex, who first proposed the project in 2014.
The partners have reportedly been frustrated by construction delays, especially as they face a key deadline for the project: if construction does not start by September, the partners must pay the cost of rebuilding St Paul and Pine instead of being reimbursed by city taxes. incremental funding fund.
Sinex still co-owns the buildings discussed at Thursday’s NPA meeting. He and the three local partners also share ownership of the former Macy’s department store on Cherry Street, which temporarily houses Burlington High School. The Macy’s building redevelopment would be the third phase of CityPlace’s total construction, the partners said.
The team will soon apply for a zoning permit for this second phase, Farrington said Thursday night.