A public hearing has been held in Danbury about leasing a portion of the War Memorial to the Connecticut institute for Communities. The Connecticut Institute for Communities wants to locate three HeadStart classrooms in the War Memorial to accommodate about 60 pre-school aged kids.
There would also be an approximate 4,500 square foot playground area outside for early childhood program. CIFC can't get a license for the classrooms unless there is a playground/outdoor area. The City needs to be involved because Danbury owns the land where the playground would go.
CIFC would construct and maintain the playground, which would not be open to the general public. CIFC officials hope to be in operation at the War Memorial by January 1, 2016. The lease would be for about 90-percent of fair market value, which is approximately $1,800 per month, per classroom.