WILTON, Conn. – A nearly $5.7 million state grant is expected to fund the second phase of construction of Wilton Commons, an affordable independent senior living community under development, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced this week.
The $5,691,764 grant will be awarded to Mutual Housing of Southwestern Connecticut Inc. for the construction of 23 new congregate units, Malloy said Thursday. These units will be in addition to the 51 units already under construction as part of the development’s first phase.
“Affordable housing is a critical component of a strong economy,” Malloy said in a statement. “But perhaps most importantly, it’s projects like these that will make it possible for our seniors to stay in the communities they helped to make such great places to live. Our state is getting older, and we need to take steps to make sure that seniors have access to affordable housing that meets their needs.”
Construction on Phase 1 of Wilton Commons broke ground last April and is nearing completion. Once both phases are complete, the housing development will consist of a total of 74 one-bedroom apartments, open to people 62 and older. All of the units will be deemed affordable.
The facility will also have 24-hour on-site staff and other amenities, including social events and activities.
Wilton state Rep. Gail Lavielle, R-143rd District, said Thursday she was pleased to learn funding is earmarked for the second phase of this development.
“The construction of Wilton Commons is the culmination of more than a decade of persistence and hard work by a committed group of Wilton citizens who are dedicated to the principle that people who have made their lives in Wilton, have contributed to the community, and want to remain near their families and friends, should have an affordable housing option in Wilton during their later years,” Lavielle said in a statement.
“The success of Wilton Commons is important not only for Wilton, but for our region and for Connecticut. The public-private partnership that has made Wilton Commons possible can provide a template for similar projects across the state,” Lavielle added. “Our seniors need affordable housing alternatives, and the citizens of Wilton have been true pioneers in finding a new kind of solution to help them retain their independence and remain in their communities.”
The State Bond Commission is expected to approve the grant.
To read more about the development, visit the Wilton Commons project website.
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