Work on the Moran ‘Frame’ project begins on Burlington’s waterfront

Mayor Miro Weinberger broke ground Wednesday afternoon on a project to rehabilitate the former Moran Plant, a coal-fired power plant on Burlington’s waterfront built in 1953.

The Moran Frame, as the project is called, will cost about $5.4 million and will involve stripping hundreds of tons of cement and brick from the fortress-like structure, leaving only its steel frame in place.

The frame will create a striking outline on the northern waterfront of Lake Champlain, which can later be embellished, Kirsten Merriman-Shapiro, a policy and projects specialist in Burlington’s Community and Economic Development Office, told the Free Press last year.

A rendering of the Moran Frame project.

Possible uses include viewing platforms served by elevators, a winter ice rink and gallery and performance spaces.

Idea comes from UVM student

Various proposals for the plant have been floated since it was shuttered in 1986, including demolition, which would have cost about the same as the Frame project. One proposal was for a vertical farm. University of Vermont design student Tim Novine first floated the idea for the stripped down Moran Frame in 2013, building a model to show how it would look.

Read more:UVM student created a ‘frame’ concept for Burlington’s Moran plant — back in 2013

The City Council last year approved using $5.4 million in demolition funds to instead dismantle Moran.

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