SoBu Spaces 2020: Engage!

Library + Senior Center + City Hall

Stay tuned for a refined concept presentation to the City Council in mid-May. 

Re(IMAGINED) - Recommended Option Workshop (presentation slides)

On March 13, a concept based on public feedback was recommended to the public.  A full recommendation based on public feedback will go to the City Council in early May.  

Please note that some updates have occurred based on the meeting:  the Multi-Purpose Room has become a SENIOR CENTER (expect more info including drawings soon), options to move the reading room to the 2nd floor are being examined, and now that the option direction is established, the entire program is being scrubbed for opportunities to use space the most efficiently possible.

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Design Recommended Concept Video of Presentation

On March 13, a concept based on public feedback was recommended to the public.  A full recommendation based on public feedback will go to the City Council in early May.  You can view the full presentation here:


Alternatives Workshop (presentation slides only)

Click on the image below to view the presentation of each option (alternative):Center of Activity (Option A), Urban Oasis (Option B), and Stepped Terraces considered in early March:

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2. Send your thoughts on the alternatives to the architecture team:

What do you like or dislike and why?
E-mail or call Ilona Blanchard at 802-846-4107.

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 proposed to be?

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.

Proposal to the School District (Land Transfer)

The City has requested that the School District consider transferring a small part of their adjacent parcel in order that the City make improvements that facilitate public access to both properties.  The Letter of Intent from the City is scheduled to be considered by the School Board on April 4. 

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 (early May 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?

Let us know if you have comments!  Also, the Council will be receiving a presentation on the concept at their second meeting in May.

Watch the early March re(IMAGINING) ALTERNATIVES Workshop to see presentation of potential designs:

Two Kick-off – Visioning Workshops were offered in January      
You may watch the Thursday night recording of the workshop online by streaming from CCTV.

Missed the Workshops?  Give us your feedback here:

Have Comments?

E-mail or call Ilona Blanchard at 802-846-4107.

Project Consultant Team:

Roy_brothers_read_words_that_describe_south_burlingtonThe 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.What_can_do_in_Library

More Info or Have Comments?

Need more information or have a thought you would like to share with the project team?  Contact Ilona Blanchard, Project Director at 802-846-4107.