Reimagining a former waterfront coal plant.

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Once an abandoned coal plant, the Moran Plant can serve Burlington’s waterfront as a dynamic cultural landmark.

We aim to realize the potential of Burlington’s waterfront as a year-round community hub and economic engine for all of Vermont. Here's how we plan to do it:

First Floor

Burlington Farmers' Market: A ground level marketplace showcasing Vermont through local food and drink.

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Vermont is known for our healthy, vibrant local food system, and New Moran is proud to work with the Burlington Farmers’ Market Association in creating a year-round community destination while preserving the possibility to host a summer market in the downtown core.

The Market has been a community institution for over thirty years. A long-term home at the Moran Plant will support their service for both vendor members, who are a diverse group of small business owners from throughout Vermont, and for the Market’s broad spectrum of customers.

Second Floor

Turbine Hall: A flexible, 1,000+ person capacity community event space with a historic industrial interior and unparalleled views of Lake Champlain.

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The Turbine Hall will be programmed by a mission driven branch of one of New England’s leading event-production companies, and overseen by the New Moran Board of Directors.

The Turbine Hall will be home to a robust program of performances, public gatherings and multi-scale private events – from free movie nights to theater in the round, Burlington-scale conferences to concerts and cultural festivals. Event programming will be open equally for community organizations, businesses, and civic functions – creating a unique, dynamic and publicly-accessible center of activity for all seasons on the northern waterfront.

Outside the Building

Waterfront Access North; shaping the future of Burlington’s northern waterfront.

Moran will complement the ongoing Waterfront Access North (WAN) project. Focused on sustainable development, the project will include upgrades to the bike path, an extended Lake Street, new parking, soil remediation, a tractor-trailer turnaround, a new skatepark, loading dock infrastructure, a new yard for the Community Sailing Center, and a public promenade.

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New Moran, Inc., a 501(c)3 Vermont non-profit organization, will redevelop and steward the Moran Plant under a long term lease from the City of Burlington.

New Moran Team

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Board of Directors

Tad Cooke
Erick Crockenberg
Charlie Tipper
Katharine Montstream
Michael Jager
Bill Truex



Real Estate Development Services: Hemisphere Development
Charitable Funding: Tere Gade and Scott McArdle
Legal: Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew
Architecture: Smith Buckley Architects
Civil Engineering: Engineering Ventures
Landscape Architecture: Wagner Hodgson
Environmental: Waite-Heindel
Fiscal Sponsor: Preservation Trust of Vermont
Creative: Christopher Norris & Jasmine Parsia
Web Development: Perfect Day Media

Champions Council

Benjy Adler, Skinny Pancake
Jill Badalato,
Fred Bay, Bay Paul Foundation
Brian Boardman, Hickok and Boardman Real Estate
James Bond, Living Classrooms Foundation
John Bossange, Parks Foundation of Burlington
Paul Bruhn, Preservation Trust of Vermont
Tom Carr, Moran Plant Superintendent, 1968-82
Cairn Cross, FreshTracks Capital
Alex Crothers, Crothers Management Group
Marguerite Dibble, gametheory
Rob Downey, American Flatbread, Zero Gravity, and Farmhouse Group
Kevin Ellis, Ellis Mills Public Affairs
Jay Fayette, PC Construction
Stu Comstock-Gay, Vermont Community Foundation
Jeffry Glassberg
Jerry Greenfield, Ben & Jerry’s
John Hawkins, Surdna Foundation
Dick and Barbara Heilman
Scott Johnstone, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Steve Kiernan, Author
John Killacky, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Don and Allyson Laackman, Champlain College
Chico Lager, former CEO, Ben & Jerry’s
Laura Latka, Eideard Group
Gil Livingston, Vermont Land Trust
Neale Lunderville, Burlington Electric Department
Page McConnell, Phish
Rob Miller, VSECU
Melinda Moulton, Main Street Landing
Mark Naud, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center
Lili Ruane, BioMetaphysical Practitioner
Richard Russell, Resilient Philanthropy
Charlie Smith, Vermont PBS
Meg Smith, Vermont Women’s Fund
Molly Stevens, author and culinary educator
David Stiller, Heritage Aviation
Tom and Leslie Sullivan, University of Vermont
Gaye Symington, former Speaker of the Vermont House
Joe Thompson, MASSMoCA
Lars Hasselblad Torres, Generator
Bill Truex, Truex Cullins Emeritus, FAIA
Alec Webb, Shelburne Farms
Felix Wei, ArtsRiot
Larry Williams, Redstone
Jen Wool, Consultant