Cassano Welcomes State Housing Aid for Manchester and Glastonbury
State Senator Steve Cassano (D-Manchester) today welcomed an announced by the Connecticut Department of Housing and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority that Manchester and Glastonbury will receive more than $10 million in state funds to renovate or build congregate housing in the two towns.
“I have been talking with housing authority officials from both towns for some time about their priorities, and I’m pleased to see these state funds released where I know they are going to do some good,” Sen. Cassano said. “In Glastonbury, we’re looking at a multi-year effort that began a few years ago with renovating some of the housing at Knox Lane, and now we’ve moved on to Center Village. The state investment there is going to have a tremendous impact, because these are older, small units that need improving. But overall the Glastonbury Housing Authority and the state have worked very well together for the betterment of Glastonbury residents, and there’s even more work to do.”
The two projects in Sen. Cassano’s 4th State Senate District to receive funding today are:
- Westhill Gardens, a 37-unit state congregate housing development owned by the Housing Authority of the Town of Manchester, received $3.6 million in funding for renovations including the replacement of asphalt paved roadways and surface parking areas and sidewalks, replacement of roofing and hot water boilers, completion of ongoing heating and cooling improvements, replacement of the original zone type fire alarm control panel, replacement of vinyl flooring, and improvements of visual flashing signs in common areas, the intercom panel, and other needed modifications to bathroom and public laundry fixtures to ensure compliance with handicap accessibility standards.
- Center Village in Glastonbury Town Center received $6.5 million to assist in the full rehabilitation of 34 units of existing housing, while creating another 38 new units through the construction of a three-story modern building. The rehabilitated units will include the construction of bedroom additions to convert what are currently small efficiency units into 1-bedroom apartments. Center Village is located adjacent to the Fox Run Mall and in close proximity to numerous banks, restaurants, the library, and other town services.
The Manchester and Glastonbury awards are part of more than $55 million in loans and grants announced today—leveraged with significant investments from the private sector—that will help fund 13 affordable housing developments in 11 towns and cities across Connecticut.
Approximately $35 million of the funding announced today is part of the ten-year, $300 million State-Sponsored Housing Portfolio Revitalization Initiative, while the remaining $20 million is part of the ninth round of the Competitive Housing Assistance for Multifamily Properties program. The initiatives are administered in part by both DOH and CHFA.