MERIDEN — The solar panels hidden on the roof of the Hanover Place housing project for veterans will eventually collect energy for the two buildings.
“It’s really amazing,” Edward Siebert, director of Real Estate Services for the Meriden Housing Authority, said of the solar panels. “Not a lot of people know how to install it.”
Work on Hanover Place, 249 Hanover St., has been ongoing since winter. The nine-unit development will provide housing for homeless veterans or those at-risk of becoming homeless.
The housing authority partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the state Department of Housing — with the latter contributing $1.65 million of the $2.2 million cost of the project. MHA’s development arm, the Maynard Road Corp., is the general contractor.
“Everyone is excited to hear the veterans are being looked out for,” Siebert said. “It’s certainly a positive thing and everyone is excited it will help veterans and at-risk veterans.”
One building will have four two-bedroom units, a single one-bedroom unit and a community room. The other building will house three two-bedroom units and a single one-bedroom unit. There will also be an outdoor seating area between the buildings.
Tenants will come from throughout the state and are being screened through the Veterans Affairs Administration in Rocky Hill. A VA case worker will be on site to help residents connect with social services. Female veterans with children are eligible.
Drew Palloto, construction manager for Maynard Road, said the project is on schedule to be completed in October.
The solar roofing is by Luma Solar of Michigan. There is also a geothermal field consisting of eight wells dug 450 feet underground. A parking lot will cover the field. Similar energy-efficiency construction methods are being used at the housing authority’s Yale Acres housing complex.
Hanover Place was first proposed by the Meriden Housing Authority in 2010, but was on the back burner awaiting funding until 2017. The Meriden Housing Authority will supervise the Section 8 vouchers and Maynard Road will maintain and manage the property.
Interested veterans can call the VA Outreach Team at 203-932-5711 extension 1361.