SOUTH BURLINGTON CITY CENTER

South Burlington, a sprawling suburb of Burlington, Vermont, has long wanted to create a new city center: a place where residents can live, work, shop, dine and enjoy cultural events. Dodson & Flinker helped provide new energy and vision to this effort in a six-month visioning process that resulted in a consensus plan enthusiastically supported and endorsed by almost every segment of the community. Using innovative public participation techniques featuring a hands on model-making workshop with hundreds of residents, Dodson & Flinker worked with city officials and volunteers to develop a consensus vision for the new city center featuring traditional urban streets lined with 4-6 story mixed use buildings, extensive parks and greenways and environmentally-friendly stormwater and infrastructure. The new vision will create a city center with a strong sense of place, people-oriented buildings and spaces and a dynamic mix of activities and uses. The final project rendering by Kevin Wilson was featured extensively in local and regional media. The project recently received $5 million in federal funding thanks to the efforts of Senator Jim Jeffords who enthusiastically supports the city center vision.