Blog :: 09-2014

Burlington rates as one of "The Best Towns Ever"

Outside MagazineDid you know that Burlington, VT has received almost 100 accolades since 1988?  Most recently, Outside Magazine rated The Queen City #7 of  "The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America".  Burlington is considered to "have it all" based on "access to adventure, healthy eating options, bike lanes, and green spaces."  We think so too! As always, please reach out to the LipVT team with any questions you might have about Burlington area real estate.

Burlington Goes Fully Renewable!

The City of Burlington has taken a major step toward reducing its carbon footprint and achieving energy independence: 100% of the city's energy will now come from renewable resources. Wilson Ring of the Boston Globe reports that the tipping point occurred earlier this month as Vermont's largest city quietly finalized their purchase of the Winooski 1 hydroelectric project. Burlington has also finalized an arrangement to join the Washington Electric Cooperative which counts approximately 11,000 members throughout northern and central Vermont. The Co-op collects power from numerous sources including wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal projects. 14a543029b364a10bf4107988eac219e-14a5a The story was reported on numerous national news outlets and blogs and has generated excitement among clean-energy advocates. Its these front-runners that are showing that its possible," Diane Moss of the Renewables 100 Policy Institute said in Ring's September 15th article. Moss went on to say she wasn't able to think of any community as large as Burlington that has reached the 100% milestone. The good news does come with a caveat: The city and Co-op acknowledge that conditions for renewables are not always optimal so at times they will purchase energy from "traditional sources" during times when the greener options are not available. Read the full article from The Boston Globe Washington Electric Cooperative As always, please reach out to the LipVT team with any of your Real Estate needs.

Railyard Rising: Burlington's Railyard Enterprise Project

Burlinrailyard-study-area-231x300gton's waterfront district, once the economic engine of the Queen City, is the getting a fresh look thanks to the Chittenden County Regional Planning District's new Railyard Enterprise Project. The project seeks to "develop a network of multimodal transportation infrastructure improvements, which incorporate the principles of Complete Streets, to support economic development in the area; improve livability of the surrounding neighborhoods; enhance multimodal travel connectivity between the Pine Street corridor and the Burlington Waterfront South area; and improve intermodal connections to the Burlington Railyard." Vist CCRPD's site for a full description of the Railyard Enterprise Project Visit for all of your real estate needs!

The Future of the South End.....?

planBTV_SouthEndThe 22nd annual South End Art Hop brought unseasonably warm temperatures, clear skies, and huge crowds to Burlington's South End this past weekend. Revelers were met with myriad installations ranging from dance and fashion to sculpture and performance art (and everything in between).  Just as two Art Hop attendees might look at a piece and have two different interpretations, a hotly debated topic at the Hop was the future of the South End. Will those aging industrial buildings be converted into high-end housing or remodeled into chic commercial spaces ą la and Burton? How will the Champlain Parkway impact the neighborhood? Would the South End lose its character if artists and artisans were priced out of the workshops, galleries, and studios that dot the former manufacturing hub? Seven Days' Kevin Kelley outlines the differing opinions surrounding the future of one of Burlington's most sought-after and culturally vital neighborhoods in his September 3rd article. Click the link below to access the story which features quotes from Lipvt's own Steve Lipkin on just what makes the South End so desirable. "Burlington's Changing South End Looks Way Into Its Future" by Kevin J. Kelley, Seven Days 9/3/14 South End Arts and Business Association Plan BTV- City of Burlington