Construction of a new shoreline office building in Burlington’s South End — a stone’s throw from the St. John’s Club — was given a green light this week by city planners.
“Building 32,” sited at the southwest corner of the Hula campus on Lakeside Avenue, is proposed to be demolished.
According to plans approved by the Development Review Board on Tuesday, the building’s replacement would be constructed on the original foundation and rise from two to three levels.
The expansion would increase floor space from its current 9,200 square feet to 14,450 square feet.
Construction might begin in late summer, said project consultant John Caulo of Burlington-based LandPlan, and take about 12 months to complete.
The developer would add an elevator and a second set of stairs, Caulo added, and would preserve the site’s “wonderful views of Lake Champlain.”
Heating and cooling will be provided via the large-scale geothermal system installed at the campus last year.
Building 32, a low-lying feature at the entrance to Hula, is dwarfed by nearby factory buildings that formerly housed Blodgett Ovens, a manufacturer that moved to Essex Junction several years ago.
Until recently, the circa-1945 building housed Galen Healthcare Solutions, a consulting firm with offices in Boston and Chicago.
A coffee brokerage preceded that business.
Before that, Building 32 — sited a little apart from the noisy factories — was almost certainly Blodgett’s company headquarters, Caulo said.
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