MERIDEN — A plan to build nine affordable rental units for veterans on Hanover Street is moving forward, pending the closing process with the state Department of Housing.
Maynard Road Corp., the development arm of the Meriden Housing Authority, received $1.65 million in DOH funds last fall to develop nine affordable units earmarked for veterans at 249 Hanover St., between South First and South Second streets where the Hanover House bar once stood. The total cost of the project is estimated at $2.2 million. The housing authority purchased the half-acre lot on Hanover Street from Ennis Property Management for $120,000 in 2010.
MHA Executive Director Robert Cappelletti said Friday the authority is working to close on the project with the DOH.
“We expect it’ll be in the next three months,” he wrote in an email.
Daniel Arsenault, a DOH spokesman, said the closing process with the agency is similar to a mortgage closing. Before the $1.65 million is handed over to the housing authority, other sources of funding and local approvals must be in place, he said, adding that it isn’t unusual for the process to take an extended period of time.
City Planner Bob Seale said Friday the housing development, called Hanover Place, is expected to receive final approval in the near future from city engineering and utility officials who are assessing where water lines and other utilities will connect.
Once a building permit is issued, the MHA “is looking to get started as soon as possible,” Seale said.
In 2011, Cappelletti told the Record-Journal that veterans returning from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan would be the ideal tenants for the units.
When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced funding for the project in 2016, he said the housing will include “full supportive services for veteran families with disabilities and special needs in an effort to help those at the greatest risk of homelessness.”
Plans call for solar panels and a geothermal heat source.
“It’s going to look really nice when it is finished,” Seale said.
The MHA and Maynard Road Corp. proposed the housing in 2010, but didn’t move forward due to the lack of funding. At the time, the development was designed for returning veterans, homeless veterans, and female veterans with children. When it was proposed in 2010, the nine housing units included three two-bedroom apartments and six single bedroom apartments. Seale said plans approved by the Planning Commission at the time haven’t changed.
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