Veteran housing project in Meriden clears funding hurdle, construction to begin

Veteran housing project in Meriden clears funding hurdle, construction to begin

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MERIDEN — Construction of a new veterans housing project on Hanover Street is expected to begin next month

Work on the nine-unit development, named Hanover Place, is expected to last nine months, Robert Cappelletti, executive director of the Meriden Housing Authority, told the authority’s board of directors this week.

Cappelletti said the housing authority expects to close on the property on May 15. Construction is set to begin shortly after.

The parcel at 249 Hanover St. is between South First and South Second streets. It was formerly home to the Hanover House bar. 

The $3.3 million project stalled for more than two years due to a delay in the release of state funding. The state Department of Housing announced funding for the project in 2016, but the housing authority only recently received the funds after Cappelletti lobbied local lawmakers for assistance.

The housing authority is using $2.1 million in DOH grant money, as well as a $454,731 tax credit contribution from the state’s Housing Tax Credit Contribution Program. The remaining costs will be financed with a $730,000 loan from Ion Bank. 

The Board of Directors for the Maynard Road Corp., the development arm of MHA, voted to accept the DOH funding at a meeting this week.  

The MHA purchased the half-acre lot on Hanover Street from Ennis Property Management for $120,000 in 2010. 

The new housing development will have two buildings with “2.5 stories, a community room, laundry, and office space,” according to a project description on MHA’s website. The nine housing units will feature one, two, and three-bedroom apartments, Cappelletti said after the meeting.

Veterans will be housed at Hanover Place through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which will also provide onsite support services.

Cappelletti said the housing authority has been looking to address a large demand for veteran housing. 

“There are a couple hundred (veteran housing assistance) vouchers that the VA has out there that they’re shopping for homes for,” he said. “We’re going to build new ones for them so that they can have safe, good-quality housing.”
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