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Burlington Development Taking Shape

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The flood of 2011 was devastating for the town of Burlington.

But now, two years after the water started rushing over dikes and into a large part of the town, the effort to recover is hitting a new pace.

Jim Olson reports on a project to providing housing for hundreds of people in the newest part of Burlington.

On Burlington's south side, the hills are alive with the sound of construction.

And it's sweet music to the growing town's mayor.

(Jerome Gruenberg, Burlington Mayor) "Very exciting - an exciting time."

Jerome Gruenberg is excited by the heavy equipment that's turning a hillside into a series of streets and lots and green spaces - and area that's known as the Davis Development - a large housing development that will be home to 300 homes.

(Terry Zeltinger, United Community Bank President) "That's a very hot area with properties selling very quickly. All of the lots are going to have a very nice view. It's going to be a tremendous addition to the city of Burlington. It's a very historic time in the city of Burlington right now and we're very excited about what's happening out there."

It's historic in that the population of Burlington could grow by three or four times over the next few years. Terry Zeltinger runs Burlington's bank - United Community Bank - and says the numbers are amazing.

(Terry Zeltinger, United Community Bank President) "If the developments pan out the way they're planned there could be up to five thousand people in Burlington so Burlington could increase by four times its present population."

Part of the development is the area where the last FEMA trailer was hauled away Monday. That lot is under consideration to become home to many needed services.

(Jerome Gruenberg, Burlington Mayor) "With hundreds of houses going in behind us here, commercial property might be a better...that many houses are going to need support businesses to go along with them."

(Terry Zeltinger, United Community Bank President) "We're thinking a clinic could go in there, our city offices, our fire department, pubs, pizza places, anything to serve the city of Burlington better, especially the expanded city of Burlington."

Zeltinger and Gruenberg say the development you'll see over the next few years is a symbol of the town's desire to be self sufficient and forward thinking...something that hit high gear after the 2011 flood water receded.

(Jerome Gruenberg, Burlington Mayor) "We knew we had to move forward or die because one-third of the town was under water."

(Terry Zeltinger, United Community Bank President) "Burlington has always wanted to be independent and be a growing city on its own so the leadership is in place now, starting with the mayor, and it's excellent leadership so things can get done. It's necessary when you have good leadership to get a whole lot done."

Getting a whole lot done just two years after a devastating flood. In Burlington, Jim Olson, KX News.

There's another housing project across Highway Two that will include opportunities for people with low to moderate income to find places to live.

That project is funded in part by federal money.

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