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 in future phases as funding allows.
In addition to preserving a community icon, the proposed plan is also budget friendly. The $6.5 million project will cost significantly 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, a $2 million loan from HUD, and nearly $1 million from the Burlington Electric Department for environmental costs.
“Burlington has a number of projects that have been longstanding and remain unresolved for decades around the city,” Mayor Miro Weinberger said at the groundbreaking ceremony on August 19, 2020. “And for Moran today to join City Hall Park, the new bus station, and the nearly completely rebuilt bike path should restore our confidence that, as a community, we can get big things done.”
When Phase One opens in late 2021, the project will complete the revitalization of the northern waterfront, alongside the Community Sailing Center, skate park, bike path and dog park, all of which are within a few hundred feet of the plant.