Main Street Revitalization Project

Project Updates

9/25/18

Leahy, Sanders and Welch: USDA Makes $8.5M Investment in Winooski Main Street Revitalization

4/10/18

The City of Winooski announces three public events in advance of a Main Street Revitalization Special Election Bond Vote that will take place on May 8, 2018.  The Main Street Revitalization project includes the complete modernization of infrastructure on Main Street including new water, stormwater and wastewater utility infrastructure, improved pedestrian and bike amenities, undergrounding the telecom and cable lines, and rebuilt sidewalks and streetscapes. The total cost of this project is $23M. This bond vote allows the City to move forward with State and Federal applications for outside funding and will enable the City Council to consider a total financing package before making a final decision on how the project will move forward.

Public Event 1: Joint Planning Commission and Public Works Commission Meeting
Thursday, April 12, 2018 – 6:30 PM @ Winooski City Hall (27 West Allen Street)

Public Event 2: Main Street Revitalization Bond Vote Community Dinner
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 6 PM @ The O’Brien Community Center (32 Malletts Bay Ave.)

Public Event 3: Main Street Revitalization Bond Vote Public Hearing
Monday, May 7, 2018 – 6:30 PM @ Winooski City Hall (27 West Allen Street)

Special Election:  Main Street Revitalization Bond Vote

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 @ the Winooski Senior Center (123 Barlow Street)

All Winooski registered voters are invited to the polls between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM to cast their votes. As a reminder, the City offers same-day voter registration. Additionally, absentee ballots will be available at City Hall during regular business hours (7:30 AM to 4:30 PM) starting on April 16, 2018.

Voting resources: Voting Information / Official Warning / Sample Ballot

 

History

Visit our project page via CCRPC for a comprehensive look at previous updates.

 

Project Resources

• Main Street Revitalization Bond Vote Community Dinner Presentation

Presentation to the Planning and Public Works Commissions

Presentation to the Winooski City Council

Alternatives Presentation

Local Concerns Presentation

Draft Preliminary Engineering Report

Scope of Work

Project Area

 

Media Coverage

4/24/18 via Channel 17: In the World of Winooski: The Main Street Revitalization Project

4/24/18 via Local 22: Revitalizing Winooski’s Main Street, special bond vote nears

4/12/18 via Channel 17: Joint Planning Commission and Public Works Commission Meeting

1/10/18 via WCAX: Major Development Continues in Winooski

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Main Street Revitalization Project include?

The Main Street Revitalization project includes the complete modernization of infrastructure on Main Street between the rail bridge and the City line at Exit 16.  This includes new water, stormwater, and wastewater utility infrastructure, improved pedestrian and bike amenities, undergrounding the telecom and cable lines, and rebuilt sidewalks and streetscapes.

These plans reflect the community’s vision as presented during the Form-Based Code community meetings, the development of the Winooski Transportation Master Plan, and the Winooski Corridor Study.  They also include the necessary and inevitable infrastructure improvements needed to the City’s water and wastewater lines – these lines along Main Street are 130 years old.

What does the project cost?

The total cost of this project is $23M. If funded solely by Winooski tax and utility payers, the impact of this project would be a 16% increase in property taxes and a 10% and 25% increase in water and wastewater rates respectively. With State and Federal subsidies that this bond vote allows us to consider, water and sewer rate impacts may be limited to a 2.5% increase. With new revenues streams considered, we have modeled that the property tax and utility rate increases could be contained at increases between 2.5% and 4%.

Why is this City holding this bond vote now?  

This bond vote allows the City to move forward with State and Federal applications for outside funding and will enable the City Council to consider a total financing package for the project over the summer and fall.  In order to understand the full subsidy the State and Federal partners can offer the City, the funders need to see that the community is behind this project.

What can I do next?

Join us at one of the public events listed above and vote on May 8th. Polls will be open at the Winooski Senior Center (123 Barlow Street) between 7:00 AM and 7 PM on May 8th.  Absentee ballots will be available at City Hall during regular business hours (7:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday – Friday) starting on April 16, 2018.

Who can I contact for additional information?

Jessie Baker, Winooski City Manager –  jbaker@winooskivt.org / 802 655 6410

Jon Rasucher, Director of Public Works – jrauscher@winooskivt.org / 802 655 6410

Seth Leonard, Mayor – mayor@winooskivt.org / 802 655 6410