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Proposal raised for senior housing at former Bethel Police station site

A Bethel official is proposing a use for the old police station site.  The Plumtrees Road station has been mostly vacant since 2018 when the new police department was opened on Judd Avenue.  The old building was used as an office by the school construction firm during Rockwell and Johnson renovations.  Selectman Rich Straiton wants the town to look into constructing affordable senior housing.  He says there's a multi-year waiting list of senior housing at the town's only municipally owned development, Reynolds Ridge.  The Simeon Village development is privately owned age-restricted housing.  Straiton says a number of affordable housing units have been developed in recent years, but a lot of the seniors can't afford them.  First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker referred the proposal to the Housing Authority.  He noted that the town is looking to retain an engineering firm to determine what is in the old police station building that needs to be remediated before demolition.  OSHA has deemed the old firing range a hazardous site due to lead dust.

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