The City of Burlington has been awarded a $17 million Federal Transportation Investment Generation Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant that will transform the way people use and access the downtown and the riverfront. The project will:
- Enhance economic growth in the downtown through tourism, local resident use, and investment
- Improve the quality of life by encouraging accessible, multi-modal transportation and increased safety
- Enhance stormwater management to reduce runoff and maintenance and enhance water quality
- Enhance attributes that make Burlington a special place
The TIGER grant project will upgrade the downtown infrastructure and streetscape on both Jefferson St. and Main St., improve connections from downtown to the riverfront and to the Amtrak depot for all users, and enhance riverfront amenities and launching and docking facilities for the public, for cruise boats, and for private watercraft. Plans, renderings, schedules and other information are at http://www.burlingtoniowa.org/2496/TIGER-Grant.
Downtown Burlington Area-Wide Plan
In conjunction with Federally-funded EPA assessment and planning grants, a City-led sponsor group has collaborated with consulting teams from Confluence and Impact 7G, Inc. to produce a comprehensive plan for the redevelopment of vacant and underused property in the downtown. This effort establishes a roadmap of the possibilities for how combined public and private investment can benefit our community in the future. The results of their work, along with the area-wide plan document, can be viewed at www.burlingtonbrownfields.com.
Downtown Flood Mitigation
Beginning in July 2017, the City of Burlington will undertake a massive flood control project to address both potential Mississippi River flooding and storm water runoff. This multiphase, multiyear project will improve both development and recreational opportunities in the downtown. For more information, visit BurlingtonIowa.org.
Market Analysis of Downtown Burlington
Giving you the tools for success!
Downtown Partners recently received assistance from a USDA grant through the Iowa Economic Development Authority to conduct a comprehensive Market Analysis project. With the guidance of IEDA and the Downtown Professionals Network, data was collected on market characteristics, demographics, and surplus and leakage. In addition, consumer and business survey information of downtown priorities, housing needs, and business opportunities was collected and evaluated. The result is a wide ranging interpretive report that will prove valuable to both existing and prospective
businesses and developers.