Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

A non-profit group that helps provide affordable rental properties in southwestern Vermont has been awarded a $316,000 state grant to help pay for a $3 million renovation project.

The Vermont village of Jeffersonville has received a $125,000 grant to help buy and conserve four acres of land in a flood plain that had been slated for development.

The land had been picked as a site for a 16-pump gas station and convenience store.

The grant Vermont Housing and Conservation Board grant will help the community buy the parcel for $402,500 to prevent the proposed development.

Village officials say the site is near the confluence of the Brewster and Lamoille rivers and had major flooding in April 2011.