Elizabeth Steele is the co-founder and owner of Main Street Landing, a Vermont based real estate development and operating company. She co-founded Main Street Landing in 1988 with the objective of leading the transformation of the Burlington, Vermont Waterfront from a largely abandoned commercial site to a mixed-use site with recreational, transportation, commercial, performing & visual arts, and residential uses.
Main Street Landing began the redevelopment process by acquiring the former train station located at One Main Street and the adjacent properties. Main Street Landing was instrumental in reintroducing commuter train service to the City of Burlington. It redeveloped the One Main Street property as a transportation center and commercial building. It also built the adjacent CornerStone and Wing Buildings and the Lake & College Project. The CornerStone building is a mixed-use residential and commercial property anchoring the intersection of Main and Battery Streets. The Wing Building is an innovative, commercial, incubator building providing retail and office space for both established and startup enterprises. Lake & College is a commercial project with a performing arts center. Main Street Landing controls and manages over 250,000 square feet of rental property.
These developments undertaken by Main Street Landing have been characterized by sensitivity to environmental issues, sound community development, and sustainability. Main Street Landing has worked closely with other local businesses and the City of Burlington to promote these values in its development. Main Street Landing has been willing to "pioneer" in the redevelopment of the Burlington Waterfront area. It believes that its initial success with its development of One Main Street, the CornerStone and Wing buildings, and Lake & College has encouraged other landowners and governmental agencies to further the development of the Burlington Waterfront.
Prior to her business career with Main Street Landing, Ms. Steele was an elementary school teacher. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Wheelock College and a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College at Columbia University. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Shelburne Farms. She lives in Shelburne, Vermont with her husband, Scott Hammond.