City of Burlington
The Moran Plant, a long-abandoned coal-fired power plant on the Burlington Waterfront, has had multiple proposed uses since it was decommissioned in the 1980s. In 2018, FFF and City officials developed a new plan for the building that overcomes several past hurdles.
A Fearless Relook at Moran Electric, or FRAME, removes much of the building’s brick exterior to reveal its structural steel skeleton, which can then be modified for use as an open-air pavilion to complement existing park uses. Additional amenities, like a public skating rink or upper-level viewing decks, may be added as the design continues to evolve.
In addition to preserving a community icon, the proposed plan is also budget friendly. The initial cost estimate for the plan is between $5.2 and $5.4 million, which is less than the cost of full demolition and tens of millions less than prior proposals to re-purpose the 74-year-old structure. Funding for the project comes in the form of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds and a $2 million loan from HUD.
The fresh design was met with unanimous support from Burlington’s City Council, who praised the plan as pragmatic and innovative. “I think it’s realistic, I think it’s affordable and I think it’s doable,” said Councilor Dave Hartnett. “I don’t think we’ve heard that for a long time.”