The SoBu Spaces 2020 Vision:
The SoBu Spaces 2020 project is a civic center housing the Library and City Hall, conveniently serving individuals of all ages, interests and abilities that anchors Market Street. This dynamic and engaging space will invite the public in for learning, growth and celebration. It will cultivate knowledge, transparency and belonging to a community and place.
Where is the Library + City Hall Going?The City has an option on just over a half acre on Market Street, east of Allard Square and south of the Rick Marcotte Central School.
What is the SoBu Spaces 2020 Schedule?This project will follow the TIF District project development process.
Phase One: Engage
During this Phase, the concept will be developed in consultation with the public for acceptance by City Council (April 2018).
Phase Two: Create
A full set of construction-ready documents will be developed, permits obtained, and the public will be asked to approve financing for the project via a vote (November 2018).
Phase Three: Build
The Council will asked to consider authorizing a construction contract (February 2019), pending authorization, the building will be built, move in will occur and everyone will be invited to opening celebrations (April 2020).
How May I Participate?Two Kick-off – Visioning Workshops were offered in January
You may watch the Thursday night recording of the workshop online by streaming from CCTV.
re(IMAGINED) ALTERNATIVES Workshop (offered twice - mark your calendar for one today!)
7 PM, Thursday, March 8, City Hall, Green Mountain Room, 575 Dorset Street
10 AM, Saturday, March 10, City Hall, Green Mountain Room, 575 Dorset Street
re (IMAGINED) RECOMMENDATION
Concept Recommendation Draft Review: 7 PM, Tuesday, March 13
Concept Considered for Approval by City Council
Presentation to Council: City Council Meeting, April 2
Missed the Workshop? Give us your feedback here:
E-mail or call Ilona Blanchard at 802-846-4107.
Project Consultant Team:
The City has contracted with an experienced design team led by the local firm Wiemann Lamphere Architects, which has most recently completed the VPR building. They have partnered with Humphries Poli Architects, a Colorado firm, which specializes in civic buildings, and has worked on at least 80 library projects. Many other firms are also part of the team and will provide structural, environmental, acoustical and landscaping expertise.