I thought that same thing (FU Burlington) when I saw that Burlington was also working on a plan for Memorial Auditorium. I don't know that this really changes anything for an onsite location, since the fundraising was not far along. It seems to me that the University is realizing and accepting the difficulty of raising the money to fund that sort of project and is considering other ways to get something done. As was previously mentioned, the potential Burlington and South Burlington locations are about a mile from campus. To me, that's pretty much an onsite location. I'm sure if we look farther back in this thread, there's been plenty of discussion about partnering with the state or city to help with the funding. Whatever the motives are for this happening now, I think it's pretty exciting. The creation of a city center in South Burlington has been on the drawing board for at least a couple of years that I know of. Since tax increment financing can be used and bonded, if South Burlington can get the voters to approve the bond, raising the money should be easier and quicker than fundraising $50-$85 million dollars."Hey Burlington! FU!"---South Burlington
Anybody else think this is more of an attempt to pressure others into backing the on campus plan? Vermont had seemed very much uninterested in anything off campus. It would be great for South Burlington, ok for UVM and suck for Burlington unless your concerns are traffic and parking and anything cool. No offense to those fixated on traffic and parking.
As far as my preference of locations, from what I've seen of the project, I'd prefer the SB location. As was previously mentioned, getting in and out of Burlington is not quick and easy (and I'm not that old). Since SB has more space available, parking and egress should be much smoother. If all the housing would be going in as well, there will certainly be additional restaurants and bars going in as well. Anything that could get done in Burlington would be cramped and likely require offsite parking. To me, that's too much of a trade off for the proximity to Church Street and it's amenities.