Danbury has started preliminary work to get the Octagon House property ready for renovations. The dilapidated building, now owned by the City, was purchased as a community improvement and neighborhood restoration project.
The vacant house on Spring Street was in foreclosure and the blighted property attracted vandalism and squatting in recent years.
Mayor Mark Boughton wants to house the Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team and a police substation on the property. He says the bike patrol and other related officers would likely operate out of the substation. He wants to convert the upstairs into a community room for residents to use. The backyard would become community garden monitored by a non-profit.
A Danbury firm, Seventy2 Architects, was awarded the bid to conduct an analysis of the historic home to see what kind of restoration work is needed.
The building is one of only a handful of eight-sided houses left in the country and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The house was built in 1852. It was eventually converted to apartments, and abandoned by its owner in 2008.