VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Vermillion County received a $400,000 to address ‘Brownfields’ in the area.

‘Brownfields’ are classified as abandoned or underused, industrial or commercial properties where redevelopment could be complicated by real or perceived contamination.

Vermillion County Redevelopment Commission Vice President Oren Sutherlin said that the budget to address this back in 2018 was just $12,000. Sutherlin said that this new grant money will broaden the scale of improving the county. He added that the number one goal is to get blighted properties back on the tax roll.

“We take it, develop it, clear it out,” Sutherlin explained. “Then we sell it to people and that puts it right back out on the tax roll.”

Sutherlin also suggested that this could help the county address population retention and bring people to the area.

“That’s the type of thing that’s going to really help bring people into the community,” Sutherlin said.

Sutherlin said that they’re taking suggestions from community members as to what properties could be removed.