A rendering of one of the potential architectural designs.

The Library and City Hall ReImagined

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Thursday March 15, 2018

Residents came to South Burlington City Hall last week for the unveiling of preliminary architectural plans for a multi-purpose civic building proposed for city center. The combined library and city hall is designated for Market Street, next to the Allard Square senior housing building currently under construction, and in front of Rick Marcotte Central School.

At workshops held Thursday evening and Saturday morning, Dennis Humphries led participants through three design alternatives proposed by the Humphries Poli/Wiemann Lamphere Architectural team. These meetings followed a pair of workshops held in January to gather the first round of public input regarding what the community envisioned for this new public space.

Humphries presented artists’ renderings of architectural designs that each incorporated the same set of features in three distinctively different approaches. Residents were invited to ask questions and provide feedback to the team. A presentation to reveal the recommended concept for this 50,000 square foot project is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, after The Other Paper has gone to press. The architects will present a final plan to city council with refined renderings, details, and costs in April. Once this City Center project has been endorsed by city council, the public will be asked to vote on funding for the project in November 2018.