Throughout the summer, we have heard increased public safety concerns in downtown Burlington from our members. As we transition into the fall, the BBA has developed a public safety plan to address the immediate needs of the downtown. We know we do not have years to reverse current trends.
The purpose of these projects is to increase both the perceived and real safety of all who work, visit, and live downtown. We heard in a recent Town Hall with the Mayor attended by over a hundred downtown stakeholder how businesses have a desire to assist with public safety efforts at many levels. BBA members and the downtown business community have alwasy been willing to come together on solutions. These projects aim to be just a few more ways for the downtown communtiy to come together and support each other.
The BBA, together with support from our Downtown Action Group members and through consultation with the Mayor and Church Street Marketplace, have identified seven key projects we hope to implement this fall and through the holiday season.
Our Fall 2022 Safety Plan includes: Sidewalk/Parks Clean up Events, Distribution of Graffiti removal products, Increased lighting downtown, relaunching our Downtown Ambassadors escort program, creating a downtown business phone tree, offering training for downtown employees, and introducing the CSL/CSO’s.Fall-2022-Public-Safety-Projects-1-1
The BBA is entering the initial stages of project planning with more updates to follow. If you are a business experiencing public safety challenges, please don’t hesitate to contact us: at [email protected]. Or attend our next Downtown Action Group Meeting Tuesday, September 27th, from 9:30-10:30 at Courtyard by Marriott’s Harbor Room.