Weinberger’s letter essentially demanded that Brookfield put its money where its mouth is. The developer had promised to pay $10,000 each month that construction was delayed and apparently fell behind between May and August to the tune of $40,000.
Brookfield also never paid Burlington Electric Department $30,000 to support its district energy plan, which would harness the steam from the McNeil plant to heat large buildings in Burlington. That invoice was sent back in March, city documents show.
The mayor also demanded that Brookfield restore parking on Bank and Cherry streets and reopen public bathrooms on the mall’s lower level. Aanen Olsen, a Brookfield vice president, wrote to the mayor on Monday that work on parking will begin within a week, and bathroom renovations will begin October 28.
Before that date, Weinberger wants Brookfield to present “a feasible plan” toward executing a $50 million construction contract, according to his letter. The parties’ development agreement requires Brookfield to sign the contract before December 31. The city needs that document inked before June 2021 or else it can’t use $22 million in tax-increment financing dollars to support the project.
Also before October 28, Weinberger demanded to see Brookfield’s plan to redevelop the former Macy’s building and a commitment to retain the University of Vermont Medical Center as an anchor tenant.
Brookfield representatives are scheduled to attend the October 28 city council meeting and provide additional updates.
“[Brookfield] said they believe the additional deadlines are reasonable, and they intend to meet them,” Weinberger said. “I hope they continue to perform.”