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Champlain College has finalized the purchase of the Browns Court parking lot from the City of Burlington, clearing the way for the $36 million Eagles Landing student housing project to move forward. The permitting with the city was initiated in late 2013 and completed in May 2015 after a public hearing process.
The Eagles Landing project, slated for completion in late summer 2018, creates new student housing in the downtown on the site of the Browns Court parking lot and adjacent former Eagles Club. The mixed-use, six-level complex is located along St. Paul Street between Maple and King Streets, and will contain 105 apartments for 314 Champlain students, along with 5,200 square feet of street-level retail space and 66 parking spaces available to the public.
"Eagles Landing has many benefits for both Champlain College and the City of Burlington", said Donald J. Laackman, president of Champlain College. "The project supports Champlain's long-term goal, as outlined in our 2007 Master Plan developed with the community, to house all of our students on campus or in College-managed facilities. The Eagles Landing project helps relieve some pressure on the tight Burlington housing market and decreases the number of students living in non-College-affiliated apartments in neighborhoods adjacent to the campus."
"Champlain will retain property management responsibility for the facility, enabling us to maintain standards consistent with our projects on campus," Laackman added.
Since the project was first proposed in 2008, City and community input and agreements have led to design improvements, a size reduction of the building, and exterior material changes compatible with the character of the neighborhood, according to John Caulo, Associate Vice President of Campus Planning.
Construction crews have mobilized on site, Caulo said, and have commenced soil excavation work. Despite a winter construction start, the project's timeline anticipates substantial completion by August 2018 in order to accommodate student occupancy for the beginning of Fall semester classes. H.P. Cummings Construction is the construction manager for the project and most recently worked with Champlain College to build the Center for Communication and Creative Media that opened in August 2015. The architect is Gardner Kilcoyne Architects of Williston.
Ongoing information and updates on the project will be available on the College's website.
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.