During his State of the City address recently, Mayor Mark Boughton announced a plan for the City to buy the First Congregational Church of Danbury in exchange for maintenance and preservation. The church approached the City and Boughton called it one of the most recognizable buildings in Danbury.
The church could rent it back for $1 per year, similar to other leases the city has with nonprofits and other organizations. Boughton says the City could then use the facility as a performing arts hall 6 days a week. He says they haven't settled completely on a price, but it will be minimal, likely for the legal fees and other things to get the transfer of the property and deed filed. Later on, Boughton says all other uses can be determined.
The parish has gotten smaller and wanted to save the more than 90-year-old building from being torn down as part of possible future development.
A City Council committee is expected to be formed in the new year and parishioners also must vote on the proposal.