By the time Burlington's Main Street program was founded in 1986, downtown had seen several decades of disinvestment, resulting in the loss of businesses and declining buildings stock. That trend has since been reversed. Today downtown Burlington is experiencing increased in job creation, business development, and upper story housing.
From 1996 to 2010, downtown Burlington saw 307 business starts and expansions, 527 building renovation projects, and over $57 million in private property acquisition and rehabilitation. Interest in downtown is accelerating; right now, over $20 million in additional private development is underway, with more in the planning stages.
In a changing economy, it makes more sense than ever to invest in existing buildings and infrastructure. Add that to the demand for downtown living space, striking architecture, and vibrant cultural activity, and it's easy to see that downtown Burlington is a wise investment. Downtown Burlington is on the upswing — be part of it!