Thirty Year Vision for Burlington – Melinda Moulton Burlington Free Press Article

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by Melinda Moulton

I have been asked to reflect on what, I believe, Burlington should be a generation from now. Over the years this question has been addressed several times through the public process. That said, the visions, hopes and dreams change from one generation to another, and I applaud the city for once again posing the question to its citizenry.

Certainly in my time helping redevelop the waterfront from 1983 to present day, I have participated in some remarkable visioning studies. Most notably is the 2000 Burlington Legacy Project. It was this report that identified what the citizens wanted Burlington to look like in 30 years. You can read the plan at

I believe Burlington has much of what makes a city livable, fun, intimate and vibrant.

Let’s face it, the Queen City is one of the most talked about, revered and imitated great small cities in the country.

Burlington is fortunate to have:

  • Committed and devoted activists, citizens, municipal employees and business people who truly care about their city and aren’t shy about sharing their opinions.
  • Small and comfortably-scaled beautiful buildings.
  • Green spaces, trees, flower gardens, places for people to sit and ponder, and beautiful natural vistas.
  • A healthy local economy and unique and special local businesses.
  • The Intervale — an agricultural model of sustainability.
  • Church Street Marketplace: our award-winning outdoor pedestrian mall.
  • College Street Shuttle and CCTA: our public bus system supporting human movement.
  • First-class educational institutions and hospital.
  • International airport.
  • Vibrant and eclectic visual and performing arts community.
  • Our waterfront and Lake Champlain.
  • A growing diverse population.

My list could go on and on because Burlington has the “best of the best” and has been eulogized time and time again. So what do I think …

Main Street Landing in the Burlington Free Press

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It appears there is one Main Street we don’t have to worry about.

Melinda Moulton and Lisa Steele, sustainable redevelopers of the Main Street Landing property on the Burlington Waterfront, found the space in their hearts — and their pockets — to do some good.

Main Street Landing has been involved in environmental and socially-conscious redevelopment since the early 1980s. They have completed over 250,000 square feet of new and renovated space, which includes the Union Station, CornerStone, Wing and Lake & College Buildings.

This past year Main Street Landing waived all of its tenants’ rent and triple net increases for the year in order to help them weather the economic storm. The owners also assisted some of their tenants in downsizing their spaces to help reduce their expenses.

“We wanted to show our …

History of Lake Champlain Programs and Speakers July 5-12

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The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Exciting Exploration of the Fascinating History of Lake Champlain.

Enjoy exciting programs and speakers during the week of July 5-12 in Main Street Landing’s Film House at 60 Lake Street on Burlington’s Waterfront.

Check out this PDF for details.

Main Street Landing Joins the VT Sustainable Exchange

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Main Street Landing chooses Vermont Sustainable Exchange

Main Street Landing has joined Vermont Sustainable Exchange, an online business to business marketplace that allows Vermont businesses to measure, grow, and coordinate their trade with fellow Vermont businesses. Main Street Landing will offer rental space at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center to a growing group of community-minded businesses and non-profits who are strengthening the local economy.

Main Street Landing Has Carbon Assessment by Spring Hill Solutions

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To learn more about Main Street Landing’s Carbon Assessment please click on (or copy and paste in your browser).

Melinda Moulton Wins 2008 Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Terry Ehrich Award

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Melinda Moulton, CEO/Redeveloper of Main Street Landing received the prestigious Terry Ehrich Award for 2008 from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR). The Terry Ehrich Award is given annually to an individual demonstrating the characteristics for which Terry was so well known – socially responsible business principles in action in the workplace, political, natural and social justice environments.

Endangered Species Mural at Lake and College

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Check out the new Ron Hernandez Endangered Species Mural at the Lake and College Building. Right outside Skinny Pancake in the Hallway!!

Main Street Landing in Vermont Woman’s April 2008 Issue

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Main Street Landing Profile: What have we been up to for the past 25 years!!

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Main Street Landing has been redeveloping Burlington’s Waterfront since 1983. Melinda Moulton and Lisa Steele have endeavored to listen to the people regarding what was needed and desired on the Waterfront. They have created 230,000 square feet of built environment that houses residents, businesses, restaurants, artists, a daycare center, and non-profits. Their motto is “we create healthy places for people to work and play”. From the very beginning, Melinda & Lisa have instilled strong environmental and socially responsible principles in their work. They have been pioneers in the green building movement. Their buildings are beautiful, healthy, and energy-efficient. “Sustainability isn’t just about the environment”, says Melinda Moulton, CEO/Redeveloper of Main Street Landing, “it is the act of creating an environment …


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According to Forbe’s Magazine – Vermont is America’s #1 Greenest State

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No.1 in Top 10 Cities to Have it All
Arts and Entertainment TV, November 1999
No.1 and Graded A Overall on AOL for Kidfriendly Cities
AOL, September 2001
Safest State in the Nation (Vermont)
Morgan Quitno Press, June 1996
Vermont is Nation’s Healthiest State
Morgan Quitno Press, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
No.3 Healthiest State
United Health Foundation, Nov. 2004 (see full report titled “America’s Health: State Health Rankings” at
No.3 Best State for Healthy Kids
Child Magazine, 2005
No.1 Place for Families that Love Outdoor Sports
Outdoor Explorer Magazine, June 1999
No.1 on List of Seven “Dream Towns”
Outside Magazine, June 1995
No.4 on UTNE Reader’s List of Most Enlightened Towns
Utne Reader, May 1997
No.6 Best Family-Friendly Place in the Nation
Reader’s Digest, April …

“The Most Beautiful Sunset in the World” Stated by Ernest Hemingway about the Burlington Waterfront Daily/weekly/monthly spaces to rent!!

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Main Street Landing (not your typical developers) has wonderful space you can rent on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Waterfront Theatre in the Lake and College Project – Sixty Lake Street – Burlington, Vermont – on beautiful Lake Champlain includes a 135 seat Black Box Theatre with Green Room, lighting, dressing/make-up rooms, and stadium seating. Available NOW 220 Seat state-of-the-art Film House will be ready to rent. Also, our Lake Lobby, Board Room, Atrium, and Great Room are available for daily rentals. Prices can be found on our Application for Use of Space found below –
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and the application for use of space and license will appear.

These …