Busiest intersection in South Burlington has apartment proposal


SOUTH BURLINGTON – Motorists stranded at traffic lights on US 2 can clearly see that large-scale construction is underway at the Holiday Inn on Williston Road and Dorset Street.

The large plans of the property have been on the drawing board since 2018.

This winter, they got even bigger.

In addition to a second hotel along Williston Road, developer Joe Larkin is now proposing to build a five-story apartment building.

Those expanded plans are currently under consideration by the Vermont Act 250 District Commission; Larkin says he will set a construction schedule if and when the commission approves a permit – possibly later this month.

Zoning bylaws in this part of South Burlington allow development to take place within specified “form-based” guidelines; designs conforming to these dimensional standards are subject to less subjective scrutiny.

The South Burlington Development Review Board unanimously approved the improvements in October.

A bonus for motorists: Larkin’s plan includes improvements to Williston Road, including straightening lanes that change sharply around this intersection.

A five-story, 74-unit apartment building proposed for the Holiday Inn property on Williston Road in South Burlington is seen in this November 2021 render created by BMA Architectural Group for developer Joe Larkin.  This view is from the east.  Larkin says construction will begin after obtaining final permits from the District Law 250 Commission.

Pedestrians and cyclists could also experience more predictable traffic patterns: the entrance to the property would be moved east about 35 feet, to line up with crosswalks and street traffic lights. Dorset.

Address: 1068 Williston Road, South Burlington

Progress:

  • Demolition of the Holiday Inn Conference Center and Old Lobby is completed in fall 2021. Hotel renovations are underway.
  • Construction on an apartment building could begin in the spring of 2022, Larkin says.
  • Work on the new hotel will likely begin after the foundations are completed on the apartment building.

Planned completion: Depending on the permit; weather; supply chains; COVID.

What is built: Holiday Inn renovated; a new apartment building with commercial space on the ground floor; new hotel.

The proposed redevelopment of the Holiday Inn property on Williston Road in South Burlington is seen in this November 2021 aerial render created by BMA Architectural Group for developer Joe Larkin.  View is from the east The image includes a new Hampton Inn, left, and a new 74-unit apartment building, right in the foreground.  The original Holiday in is located beyond the building.  Larkin says construction will begin after obtaining final permits from the District Law 250 Commission.

Characteristics:

  • 74 units in a five-storey apartment building; total of 89 rooms.
  • Two-level parking garage at the north end of the apartments.
  • The apartment building would have 6,200 square feet of commercial / retail space on the ground floor.
  • New lobby and pool for Holiday Inn.
  • After the renovations, the Holiday Inn would have 100 rooms, 15 fewer than before.
  • New hotel likely to be a 101-room Hampton Inn – with a partially enclosed rooftop garden.
  • Municipal water and sewer; natural gas heating.
  • The property sits in the Centennial Creek watershed.
  • The entrance will move 35 feet east, aligning it with Dorset Street.
  • Shuttle service from hotels to local amenities.
  • 58 new trees to plant.
  • 8 charging stations for electric vehicles.

Previously here: Hotel car park.

What’s in the neighborhood:

Project cost: About $ 18.3 million, depending on state permit application.

Developer: Larkin’s hospitality/ Champlain School Apartments Partnership (South Burlington)

Architect: BMA Architecture Group (Amherst, New Hampshire)

Engineer: HBV (South of Burlington)

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