- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Voters in Vermont’s largest city have approved two ballot items that will allow the city to move forward with a major downtown redevelopment.

Burlington residents on Tuesday approved an item that changed the zoning in the area, allowing for building up to 160 feet. The second item approved the use of tax increment financing to pay for public infrastructure improvements.

Those improvements are part of a predevelopment agreement the city reached in May with mall owner Don Sinex.

By raising the maximum building height, the zoning change will allow the transformation of the two-story Burlington Town Center mall into a higher-rising cityscape of shops, residences and offices.

Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger tells Vermont Public Radio he’s very excited about moving forward with the downtown redevelopment.

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