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Newtown Office Economic and Community Development says a Boston-based developer has been vetted in their bid to convert two abandoned buildings on the Fairfield Hills campus into a mix of apartments and commercial use. 

WinnDevelopment wants to redevelop Shelton House and Kent House and has done similar adaptive reuse projects in Connecticut.  The former psychiatric hospital buildings are original to the site and the decision to have limited housing on campus will save the 1933 and 1940 structures from demolition. 

Newtown residents voted in November to rezone the campus for housing and commercial development in no more than two of the vacant buildings. A formal proposal for the adaptive reuse will be developed by WinnCompanies.

Meanwhile, break-ins at the vacant buildings on the Fairfield Hills campus continue in Newtown.  Commission members said at their meeting this week that police are doing the best they can and thanked police for sending officers to monitor the campus when requested. 

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