Redeveloper Of Closed College Campus Seeking State Grants

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A company that hopes to redevelop the property of the closed College of St. Joseph in Rutland is looking for state money to help with the project.

Heartland Development plans to convert the defunct college into a senior-living facility. The company has asked the city to apply for a community development block grant on its behalf.

The Rutland Herald reports the state grants can only be applied for by municipalities, but they are often then passed on to private entities for specific projects.

Heartland’s regional development director John Kalish said the grant would pay for public infrastructure related to the project. Kalish says they're determining exactly what is needed.

“These resources are available to incentivize development in the state of Vermont," he said.

Rutland Mayor David Allaire brought the request to the Board of Aldermen, but did not endorse it, saying it was “totally up to the board.” He said he was initially uncomfortable with the request but decided the board should be aware of it.

The board voted to send the issue to committee.

Allaire said his hesitancy about the grant did not mean he was opposed to the proposal.

“I’m certainly enthusiastic on the project itself,” he said. “We just want to make sure, going into the request to initiate the community development block grant, we are not putting the city on the hook if the project doesn’t go forward.”

The college closed in 2019.