Work Begins to Revitalize Rutland, Vt.

Published 07/07 2014 05:06PM

Updated 07/07 2014 05:13PM

RUTLAND, Vt. - Work is underway to revitalize part of Rutland.

The city received more than one-million dollars to fix or demolish run-down properties.

On Monday, the city tore down one home and there are bigger plans for the future of this northwest Rutland neighbordhood.

"This is an amazing place to live. This is an amazing community," says Carol Tashie, neighbor.

But Tashie admits her neighborhood, like many others, has its issues.

"It's not a perfect neighborhood, right? We know it's not a perfect neighborhood. Some of us are struggling. Some of us are struggling economically. Maybe of us are dealing with substance abuse or mental health or family issues," says Tashie.

While many of those concerns might be tough to fix, the city is eying a growing problem, homes in disrepair.

"When some people see blighted properties, we see opportunity and action," says Mayor Chris Louras, City of Rutland.

On Monday, the city received $1.25-million. That money will be used to fix eleven other homes in need of repair or tear them down.

The money will also help families buy a home here.

Neighbors say it's a start to improve the look and safety of their streets.

"It's a neighborhood I truly believe can become an enviable place to live and a lesson on the power of community," says Tashie.

The money comes as a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Work on the homes is expected to take place during the next five-years.

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