Phase III of senior housing complex moving ahead

By Wally Robinson - ReminderNews
Willington - posted Thu., Jun. 30, 2011
The Willington Senior Center and Willington Woods HUD housing units. Twenty-four new housing units are now in the planning stage. Photo by Wally Robinson.
The Willington Senior Center and Willington Woods HUD housing units. Twenty-four new housing units are now in the planning stage. Photo by Wally Robinson.

The Willington Housing Authority recently announced that it has received a $250,000 loan from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). The money will be used to fund the planning and development process for Phase III of the Willington Senior Housing Complex on Old Farms Road.

Phase I, the Willington Senior Center, was completed six years ago, and Phase II, the HUD senior housing 32-unit structure, dubbed Willington Woods, was finished three years ago.

“Phase III is an additional 24 units of housing that will be constructed on the site, to the right of the senior center,” said Housing Authority Chairman Bob Campbell. “It will provide housing spaces of 600 to 750 square feet, somewhat larger than the HUD units, and available to residents able to pay more for them. The financial formula has yet to be worked out, but the idea is to provide housing for seniors who find their current homes too hard to keep up with, who might want to be closer to the their children, and the like.”

The project’s architect is William Crosskey of Hartford, and the design work will be done by Gardner-Peterson.

The long road to completion of the project began with a letter to the Willington selectmen from resident Wilbur Gangaway, who has remained close to the process.

Campbell has served as a commissioner since 1996. “It’s been a long road, but I’m very happy to see it become a reality,” he said. “There was definitely a need for it, and there always will be a need for it. I want especially to thank Commissioner Don Berg and our consultant, Dave Berto of Housing Enterprises, for their help in securing the funds from DECD.”

Planning and development work should be completed in the fall, with construction to follow once funding has been arranged.


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