The Newtown Planning and Zoning Commission has approved construction of a community center and senior center at the Fairfield Hills campus. After initially saying designs did not comply with the master plan, the Fairfield Hills Authority signed off on the plan.
General Electric made a $15 million donation to Newtown after the shootings at Sandy Hook School for creation of the community center. $10 million was earmarked for construction, with the balance to be used to run the center for the first few years. Residents approved $5 million in bonding to help with construction costs. The $3 million senior center portion was also approved by residents for bonding.
The combined facility will be built at the site of the former Canaan House, which has been demolished.