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Newtown Selectmen to take up Fairfield Hills proposal

The Newtown Board of Selectmen will take up a proposal related to Fairfield Hills tonight.  The proposed amendment request to the Planning and Zoning Commission would allow housing as part of the Adaptive Reuse Zone for the former state psychiatric hospital. 

Subject to a Special Exception permit, rental residential housing would be allowed in up to two of the existing buildings on the campus.  It could include assisted living, 55 and older, affordable and market rate units.  The lease agreement must be negotiated with the Board of Selectmen and Fairfield Hills Authority.  Non-profit projects shall negotiate a pay in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement with the Board of Selectmen. 

Residential unit rental agreements shall contain a notification and waiver of Parks and Recreation activities, daily public use and special events held at the Fairfield Hills, there must be a Common Area Maintenance charge, parking agreement and a commercial component.  The proposals must also maintain existing historic exterior architecture.  Apartments will be limited to one and/or two bedroom units. 

The Newtown Board of Selectmen's meeting is at 7:30pm.

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