- Associated Press - Thursday, July 6, 2017

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A developer of a downtown-area mall in Burlington, Vermont, has reached an agreement with project opponents to exclude building large-scale residential housing for college students.

Developer Don Sinex announced the agreement Wednesday. The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/2uL8Khk ) the project initially won unanimous approval from the city’s Development Review Board, but was challenged by a group of residents in Vermont Environmental Court.

The height of the new building - in some places reaching 14 stories - fueled much of the yearlong dispute, and the settlement does not change the structure’s footprint or its profile.

The agreement stipulates that future development on Burlington Town Center-owned property, subsequent to the current project, would not exceed 10 stories in height and would provide additional parking for about 250 vehicles.

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