In an effort to free up some office space at Danbury City Hall, Mayor Mark Boughton announced this week that he would enter into negotiations with the bank that holds the title to the historic Octagon House on Spring Street. He wants to have the Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team operate from there so the City will have a bigger footprint in a challenging neighborhood.
The vacant and decaying house has attracted vandalism, squatting and general blight. The area has become a magnet for drug dealers and prostitutes. Boughton says the City owning this property would provide stability to the neighborhood in response to resident's complaints and concerns.
He also says UNIT needs more space now that the 311 info line is operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.