Burlington In Motion
Burlington is in constant motion...moving forward and taking steps to improve the life of the residents that call Burlington home. Learn more about the latest thing in motion in Burlington.
Graham Hopedale Road Widening
February 2022 - The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes to widen Graham-Hopedale Road from West Hanover Road to Morningside Drive in Burlington, Alamance County.
The NCDOT project website is now live at https://www.publicinput.com/graham-hopedale-burlington and the public is being notified via mailed postcards and digital media. On the project website, citizens will find current information as well as an opportunity to submit any comments or questions to the project team via phone, email, or mail through March 4, 2022. Learn More
Moorefield's Florist Building
Update April 27, 2022 - Crews will begin the demolition of the the old Moorefield's Florist building adjacent to the Paramount Theater on Thursday, April 28 and continue through the weekend. The sidewalks on the corner of Front and Spring Streets will be closed and there will be limited parking.
Update April 5, 2022 - Demolition crews have begun work on the Moorefield's building separating it from the walls of surrounding buildings. In the next few weeks, the building will be fully demolished. The slab it is built will then be removed and the underground storage tanks from the gas station that previously occupied the site will be removed. At that point, any contaminated soil will be removed and the site will be leveled with fill. The walls of the surrounding buildings will be stabilized and temporary aesthetic improvements will be made so that the corner looks nice.
At the April 4, 2022 City Council Work Session, Council discussed their vision for a new building to replace the site and it's potential uses. Their goal is to chose a building and what it may house to activate the corner and contribute to the continued revitalization of Downtown Burlington.
Update February 2022 - The City of Burlington is planning for the future of the Moorefield’s building site in Downtown Burlington. The City acquired the Moorefield’s building, adjacent to the Paramount Theater, in 2017.
In 2018, Clearscapes Architecture + Art was hired to begin a feasibility study for the building. Clearscapes presented their findings along with a design concept to the City Council during their August 20, 2019, Work Session. Council feedback was given, and staff was asked to further study the expense of renovating the existing building and the expense of demolition and new construction.
City Council discussed the project at the January 3, 2022 Work Session and decided to move forward with the demolition of the building (located at 138 E Front St, Burlington, NC). On February 1, 2022, City Council voted unanimously to begin the process of demolition, design, and construction of a new building. The decision was made due to cost and condition of the building as well as the presence of underground tanks from a gas station that occupied the site prior to the construction of the Moorefield’s building in 1945.
The current Front Street building does not hold contributing historical value to the National Downtown Historic District, according to the State Historic Preservation Office. It is listed as a non-contributing structure within this district and is not part of the local historic district precluding regulation applied to demolition.
The building housed the Moorefield’s Florist until that business moved to a location on South Mebane St. While they still make daily deliveries to Burlington, Moorefield’s Florist recently closed their Burlington location and operates out of Greensboro.
City staff are working with crews to schedule the demolition of the property. The preliminary timelines are indicating it will be Spring 2022. This process will take some time as crews determine the work necessary to safely remove the underground tanks and any contaminated soil. Downtown patrons can expect some impacts of the egress of the sidewalks and parking surrounding the property along Front and Spring Streets. Modifications will be made for the safety of the patrons.
Since the design and construction of the new building will take time to the plan and implement, the City is prepared to modify the site with a temporary greenspace, allowing safe community access while the planning process is taking place.
This new construction project will be designed to allow the City to expand services offered at the Paramount and in the downtown district. Please stay tuned as the City works with Clearscapes to design the stakeholder meetings and input process. The community’s input is valuable and will be evaluated and combined with BDC’s Downtown Vision and Action plan to design and create the use for this exciting new building in downtown.
Demolition of Unsafe Buildings on North Main Street
February 2022 - City Council voted on 2/1/22 to demolish the two structures located at 169 and 171 N. Main Street. These properties were declared unsafe and an imminent hazard. Since May 6, 2020, the Police Department has responded to 3 calls for service at this location. Two of the calls were in response to breaking/entering and suspicious conditions. On January 6, 2022, an employee of a neighboring business expressed concerns to the city about their safety due to the suspicious activity taking place inside of the buildings. On January 9, 2022, the Fire Department responded to a call about smoke coming from the second floor of 169 N. Main Street. The Fire Department discovered an unsheltered individual occupying the second floor who attempted to start a fire to keep warm but quickly extinguished it due to smoke. Since compliance was not achieved in the demolition order, the city will proceed with demolition creating a safe and new opportunity for development on these parcels.
N.C. 62 Widening - Ramada Road to U.S. 70
Update - January 2022 - This is an North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) project. NCDOT staff has advised that Right-of-Way Acquisition is planned in FY24 and Construction is planned for FY 25-27. NCDOT is re-evaluating all State Transportation Improvement (STIP) projects at this time, but this one is presently listed as a committed project unless the state changes it. NCDOT has no set timeline for any information meetings, public involvement, or final maps/plans. They indicate more information will be available as they are into 2023 and the 2024 ROW effort.
Carousel Restoration and Carousel House Construction
Update - January 2022 - Central Builders indicates that the construction will not be completed until later in 2022 due to multiple challenges with supply chain problems on products ranging from custom components and finishings, roof materials, large glass storefront folding doors, power panel boxes, furnishings, and caulk. The carousel animals and machinery to operate the carousel have all been refurbished and completed by our expert refurbishment contractor, Carousel & Carvings, in Ohio. All the historical items are ready and in storage awaiting building completion for their custom installation. The Stinson carousel organ has been refurbished and is also in storage ready for installation.
City Park Improvements -Little Alamance Creek Streambank Restoration & Tree Removal Project
Update - January 2022
Little Alamance Creek Streambank Restoration
- City Council adopted Resolution 21-05 accepting easement release from the State. Dissolution of easement recorded on February 11, 2021.
- Phase I of vegetation removal and maintenance completed by specialized contractor Fall 2021. Phase I included the removal of invasive vegetation within the buffer.
- Phase II includes heavy removal, thinning, and cutting of critical areas selected by City Staff to be completed by Fall of 2022.
- Phase III includes ongoing monthly maintenance to control the density of the new growth within the buffer.
Tree Removal Project
- 134 trees removed from City Park in the Fall of 2021
- 98 trees from the western portion of City Park and 36 from the buffer area
- Trees were dead, diseased, or a threat to safety
- The removal will open the park to allow for establishment of grass to decrease soil erosion and enhance unsightly areas of the park.