Planned veteran housing project in Meriden stalls after state awards funding

Planned veteran housing project in Meriden stalls after state awards funding

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MERIDEN —  A veteran housing project planned for Hanover Street has stalled more than two years after the state awarded funding.

Robert Cappelletti, executive director of the Meriden Housing Authority, told board members earlier this week that the $3 million project was held up after some staffing switches in the state Department of Housing.

The DOH announced it was giving the MHA $1.7 million to build the nine units in 2016, with an anticipated closing date in 2017. 

“We’ve had to re-price the development twice, which is very expensive,” Cappelletti said.  

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved the Section 8 vouchers for the units at an annual price tag of $92,000. 

“Obviously, we’re giving the money back,” Cappelletti said. “The goal is to build the building to put veterans in there.”

The project has site plan approval and building permits in place. The MHA opted for modular construction to ensure quick construction. 

“Maybe you need a meeting between the Department of Housing and our state legislators,” said MHA Commission member Lawrence Kendzior. “We are receiving funding for vouchers that we don’t have a building for? Not good.”

A representative from DOH could not be reached for comment.

Cappelletti said the department told him the project is eighth in line for funding. He is hopeful the closing will occur after the DOH closes on a $5.7 million grant for Yale Acres in late Februrary or early March.

“That’s a very important one for them,” Cappelletti said.


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