South Burlington is using a grant to tackle the slew of vacant properties near the airport.
The city will use $17,000 for community outreach and research to make a plan for the homes. They were purchased by Burlington under an FAA program for noise mitigation caused by the airport. The grant was awarded by the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development and will be matched with $4,500 from South Burlington.
"It's time to resolve that uncertainty and start addressing these concerns and figure out what's the best way to use this land in a way that is good for the neighborhood, good for the airport and good for the City of South Burlington," said Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger.
The grant will help pay for developing a detailed plan that's expected to kick in early next year. Officials say it is clear that at some point properties will be demolished.