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June 4, 2024

Former St. Agnes Home building in West Hartford acquired by Juniper Home Care owner

HBJ PHOTO | DAVID KRECHEVSKY The building at 104 Mayflower St. in West Hartford, with 18 Elmhurst St. in the background.

The former West Hartford location of St. Agnes Home, a support facility for young mothers and infants that closed in 2018, and a neighboring duplex  were recently sold for a combined $1.5 million.

Included in the sale, which closed May 17, were a two-story, 20,798-square-foot building on 0.6 acres at 104 Mayflower St., and a 1,600-square-foot, two-family, two-story home on 0.19 acres at 18 Elmhurst St.

It is not clear from town assessor records what the final sale price was for each individual building. Both properties are listed as selling for $1.5 million, even though 104 Mayflower St. was appraised in 2023 for $476,900 and the duplex at 18 Elmhurst St. was appraised for $169,300. 

The buildings were sold by Mayflower AIG LLC, which is owned by Alex Sonkin of West Hartford, who had acquired both properties in October 2019 from the Archdiocese of Hartford. He sold them last month to Mayflower School House LLC, owned by Andrei and Zhanna Brel of West Hartford.

Andrei Brel is the founder and president of West Hartford-based Juniper Homecare, which operates adult daycare centers in West Hartford, Hartford, Hamden and New Britain and an adult living facility in West Hartford. Juniper also provides adult homecare services.

Chuck Coursey, a spokesman for Brel, said the new owner does not have any immediate plans for the buildings. 

Known as 104 Mayflower St. — that’s the address on the front door — the building’s legal address in town property records is 100 Mayflower St. It sits beside a driveway that leads to a larger building, also officially listed as 100 Mayflower St., that formerly was home to St. Brigid School. The town acquired that building for $3 million in 2021.

The building at 104 Mayflower St. was the site of St. Agnes Home for more than 40 years. The home was founded in 1914 and operated for 104 years before financial difficulties forced it to close.

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