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Burlington hits pause on plan to restore city auditorium

December 18, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Leaders in Burlington, Vermont, say the City Council is unlikely to ask voters next year to approve a $32.8 million plan to restore Memorial Auditorium.

Republican City Council President Kurt Wright said Monday that officials are not signaling a lack of support, but want to be careful. The Burlington Free Press reports voters would need to approve borrowing for the project — up to $15 million — and the council has until mid-January to place the question on the March ballot.

Wright says another plan involving the redevelopment of a city-owned lot and a shuttered motel has been gaining traction.

City officials say they are continuing to review options that would keep the Memorial Auditorium a publicly-owned space and lower the tax burden on residents.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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