Local lawmakers applauded the announcement that Berlin will receive a $193,600 state grant to advance a long-awaited affordable senior housing project.
A Jan. 6 news release states, "The over $193,000 in funding through the state’s Brownfield Remediation Program will be for the demolition of the vacant Knights of Columbus building (143 Percival Ave.). In its place, the Berlin Housing Authority plans to construct 50 affordable senior housing units on the 4.2-acre location."
“I am thrilled to learn that a state grant for the demolition of this blighted property in Berlin has been allocated and this parcel will now be repurposed with affordable senior housing units,” state Rep. Cathy Abercrombie stated. “This is a welcomed start to the new year.”
State Rep. Donna Veach, who is also a member of Berlin's Town Council said, "[T]his has been an ongoing project Mayor Mark Kaczynski, our town councilors and housing authority have worked on for several years. This upgrade will benefit our seniors in a big way and I'm extremely excited to see this project move one step closer toward completion."
The news release announcing the state grant says "The affordable senior housing project has been a long-sought initiative for around two decades. The town bought the vacant property, with the intention that the property be used for senior housing. However, funding has been an obstacle in efforts to move forward on the project."
State Sen. Rick Lopes said, “Building affordable housing for our seniors has been a sought-after goal of numerous community members in Berlin. This new funding will be a big help in getting this project off the ground."