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September 26, 2019 Deal Watch Today

W. Hartford council OKs senior-housing overhaul

Renderings | Paul B. Bailey Architect LLC A rendering of the soon-to-be redeveloped West Hartford Fellowship Housing complex.

West Hartford’s town council has approved redevelopment plans for a nonprofit landlord to raze and remake its 50-year-old, senior-housing community on Starkel Road.

The council’s unanimous approval on Tuesday will allow West Hartford Fellowship Housing to tear down all but one of 24 buildings at the affordable housing complex.

According to plans, the nonprofit will increase its affordable housing capacity from 213 to 300 units after adding six multi-story buildings with 264 new studio and one-bedroom units. The one remaining building contains 44 units.

The nonprofit will also add a new maintenance building in addition to upgrading its existing building, parking areas, landscaping and pedestrian walkways, among other improvements.

“The design will also allow the buildings to be situated a greater distance from the single family residential neighborhood to the north, a change that may be more harmonious with regard to that neighborhood,” Robin Messier Pearson, an attorney representing the fellowship, wrote in an application letter to the town council. 

“There will be no deleterious change in the character of the area as a result of this redevelopment,” Pearson continued.

The community, spanning over 8 acres on town-owned land, is occupied by those ages 65 and older and individuals with disabilities.

Phased construction is expected to begin next spring and will take at least three years to complete, project officials have said.

It was not immediately clear how much the redevelopment will cost.

Also Tuesday, council members voted to waive $26,100 of the nonprofit’s $26,735 application fee.


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