Weinberger pushes housing for church property

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Burlington's mayor is weighing in on his vision for the Catholic church property that will be going up for sale soon.

The Immaculate Conception is in the heart of downtown Burlington next to the future CityPlace project, and just a block from Church Street. In the 1960s the city bought out and demolished many of the homes in that neighborhood using eminent domain as part of a controversial urban renewal initiative.

Mayor Miro Weinberger says he wants to see a more vibrant downtown. "We've never really gotten back a real neighborhood the way we used to have there. We're in the middle of a long running housing crisis. I think it's fundamentally a crisis of supply. We don't have enough homes, certainly in downtown Burlington. Certainly if a plan involved the creation of new homes in the downtown, I would be supportive of that," he said.

The mayor says creating a mix of homes and businesses on the property would coincide with "Plan BTV," the city's long- term plan for land use.