Danbury Hall’s days are dwindling. With big machines at rest around its perimeter, demolition could begin as soon as Monday, September 29, confirmed Christal Preszler with the Newtown Planning Department. This week, the wood was being stripped from the building, she said. Bestech is the demolition contractor.
Soon, the corner of Trades Lane and Wasserman Way at the Fairfield Hills main entrance will offer a clear view of soccer fields and a waking path now blocked by the 1930s brick structure.
Volunteers recently made a day’s work of clearing trails, cutting fallen tree limbs, and pulling invasives from the home of one of Newtown’s most iconic views.
A team of roughly 50 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints members Saturday, September 20, spent time during their annual service day working outdoors at the Nettleton Preserve off of Castle Hill Road.
“We serve Christ by serving the community,” said church member Michael Petersen. The church is located on Saw Mill Road in Newtown.
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to select by October the firm which will make major renovations to the steel-truss span over the Lake Zoar section of the Housatonic River, commonly known as Silver Bridge. The bridge links Glen Road in Sandy Hook to River Road in Southbury.
DOT is reviewing five bids submitted for the bridge renovation project, according to DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick.
A new proposal for reuse that echoes Fairfield Hills’s origins has come before the authority overseeing that property.
On Monday, September 22, Fairfield Hills Authority members and several town officials heard from HealthVest facility CEO Richard Kresch, MD, who discussed plans for a psychiatric hospital. He told authority members that his company acquires distressed facilities or develops new ones.
Police report that they have arrested a second man on 45 criminal charges stemming from a recent string of 15 local burglaries, in which he and another man allegedly stole copper piping from unoccupied buildings so they could sell the metal for its scrap value.
Police said that on September 18, they arrested Besmir Redzepi, 21, of Waterbury on a warrant, charging him with 15 counts of third-degree burglary, 15 counts of conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, and 15 counts of third-degree criminal mischief.
HARTFORD — Joined by lawmakers and the family of Catherine Violet Hubbard, Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday, September 24, handed over the deed for approximately 34.44 acres of land in Newtown to The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, Inc. during a ceremonial bill signing of Special Act 14-13, which facilitates the transfer of the state-owned land for the creation of an animal sanctuary and wildlife preserve.