The Burlington Town Center is a Mall in downtown Burlington, Vermont. The Mall is a two story structure of 190,000sf of retail spaces. While facing onto Church Street, a renowned open air pedestrian mall that is the phenomenal center of the Downtown, the mall is inward in nature with limited access from the surrounding streets.
The Mall has one anchor which is currently Macys and a variety of regional and national stores that offer a variation on the retail stores that comprise Church Street. Untouched for the good part of thirty years, the Mall presents a legacy of planning decisions that sought to invigorate the downtown amidst an exodus of business to the suburbs. The original design that comprises almost 5 acres of land closed two north-south streets and disrupted connectivity between neighborhoods and the downtown.
Asked to reimagine the Mall to today’s standards and market forces, we looked to turn the Mall inside out and present a more enlivened and accessible experience in the downtown. As one of the most livable, walk able small Cities, Burlington is in need of downtown housing and office space. The need for different types of retail and larger retail stores is another market force that has gone unanswered.
The design solution is a true mix use project of retail, residential and office uses. The design literally turns the Mall inside out with new retail storefronts on the ground level and new residential housing units and commercial offices above. The original north-south connections have been reestablished reestablishing the north- south connectivity back to the City grid.