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Brookfield looking into using state grant to help Brooks Quarry residents

A Brookfield resident has raised concerns with town officials about Brooks Quarry.  The elderly affordable independent living housing complex is owned by the Brookfield Housing Authority.  It consists of nine ranch style cottages on 16 acres off Laurel Hill Road.  Residents must be at least 62 years old or designated as disabled by the Social Security Administration. 

First Selectman Steve Dunn says the town has two Small Cities Grants. One was for $400,000 and all of the money has been loaned out.  He thought there was additional need since a lot of people showed up looking for assistance.  The town then got a second $400,000.  In the last 18 months, Dunn says they've been unable to find anyone who qualifies under income guidelines and the house not being underwater on the mortgage. 

Brookfield still has about $300,000, and they want to ask the state to give that money to Brooks Quarry.  He's not sure they can legally do that.  Dunn noted that the town paid for half the paving done last year and contributes as much as it legally can, but it's a separate legal entity and not part of the town of Brookfield.

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