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Plans for Octagon House in Danbury still uncertain

Routine inspections of the Danbury-owned Octagon House site have found that residents were using the property to dump garbage and bulky items.  The Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team got the property cleaned up, but discovered that the building had been broken into.  UNIT arranged with other city departments to ensure that it was re-secured and safe. The Danbury Planning Director is working through the State Historic Properties Commission process.  The house is not on the registry, but is an historic property so the City does need to get authority for any work.  There is a federal component as well.  Mayor Mark Boughton says there is money in two budgets for stabilization and eventual renovations.  Plans originally called for the Octagon House to become a satellite police station, primarily due to challenges at the Dorothy Day and New Street shelters.  But Boughton says depending on how Danbury manages the homeless population in the future, that may not be necessary. He notes that there is enough space on ground floor and first floor.  The top floor is unusable because it requires significant renovations for an elevator and public access, but it can be used for storage.  He's talked with the Danbury Museum and Historical Society for some of the storage and office space.

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