New Britain, CT – Neighbors Of Ruined School Property: Don’t Bring Low-Income Housing Here

Angered by the prospect of another subsidized housing project in their neighborhood, dozens of East Side homeowners want the city to scuttle plans for a developer to build low-and-moderate-income apartments at the deteriorated St. Thomas Aquinas School property.

The common council will decide Wednesday night whether to let Mayor Timothy Stewart begin negotiations to sell the city-owned property to The Community Builders, a non-profit organization

Opponents have 50 or more signatures on petitions against the deal, said Margaret Baylock-Renzella. It asks the council to kill The Community Builders plan to build up to 50 subsidized apartments on the 2.2-acre site, and either pursue a scaled-down version or seek a different buyer altogether.

“Consider the density in the immediate area,” her petition says, noting that two complexes of low- to moderate-income apartments exist within a few blocks of the property.

The St. Thomas school and nunnery haven’t been used in years, and the buildings are boarded-up and overgrown by weeds. They have attracted vandals and vagrants in recent years, and middle-of-the-night fires have damaged the main building so badly that it must be razed.

Read more at The Hartford Courant


About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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