Vermont Interfaith Action, a consortium of 7 area religious congregations, will hold a public action meeting -- this Sunday, Feb. 10 from 3 to 4:15 p.m. at St. Paul's Cathedral, 2 Cherry Street, Burlington -- to address specific concerns raised by the failure of the developer of the Westlake property at Battery and Cherry Streets to build affordable housing on-site, as he was required and had made a commitment to do. Based on extensive research over the last six months by VIA leaders as to how this failure occurred, VIA will also ask for city officials to re-commit to building mixed-income housing in Burlington and to revise the city's development process so that what happened at Westlake will not happen again.
VIA hopes to fill St. Paul's with lots of people in the community -- but we need
to be careful about filling their parking lot with lots of cars! Please plan
to carpool, or to park on the street (Sunday parking is free), or in the
Macy's lot across the street. This will give more space for the special guests,
who will definitely include the new Director of CEDO, Larry Kupferman, as well as several City Councilors, members of the Planning Commission, Design Review Board, and Mayor Bob Kiss.
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