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Municipal Officials Assess Mixed‐Income Housing

27 June 2011

This fact sheet contains quotes from municiapl officials across Connecticut and their assessments of affordable housing in their cities and towns:

South Commons is a wonderful asset to our community. It has allowed many Kent citizens the opportunity to remain in their hometown. The complex is no different from any other neighborhood as far as public safety issues or disruptions. The beautiful country setting and the diversity of residents who bring so much to our town make this a truly special place.

Ruth Epstein - former First Selectman, Town of Kent

Students coming from South Commons are certainly not a burden on our school system. Families with children having trouble finding housing they can afford has been a significant factor in our declining school enrollment. Our schools will thrive if students, teachers and staff can afford to live here.

Patricia Chamberlain - Superintendent, Region 1 Public School District

We have brand new housing developments in Avon selling for $400,000 to $600,000, I don’t think anywhere near as attractive as this Old Farms Crossing. There’s a need for affordable housing, and this is filling part of that void. We could use more.

Richard Hines - former Chair, Avon Town Council

In comparison to other areas within the town, the calls for service to the Old Farms Crossing complex are at or below average. Essentially, Old Farms Crossing is similar to anywhere else in town.

Lieutenant Christina Barrows - Patrol Division Commander, Avon Police Department

I didn’t see any measurable adverse impact on surrounding property values. And those nearby properties continue to appreciate.

Shelby Jackson - Assessor, Town of Wallingford

Olde Oak Village has been great for Wallingford. It allows us to house many of the middle‐class workers that our local economy relies on, even while housing costs in the region have been rising. These homes are attractive and well maintained, and the people living there are great neighbors.

William W. Dickinson, Jr. - Mayor, Town of Wallingford

The beauty of the Flagg Road development is that it blends in with the surrounding neighborhood. Town residents are almost uniformly surprised to learn it’s ‘affordable housing.’ I’ve never heard of any decline in nearby property values. There's really no problem here, only benefits.

Scott Slifka - Mayor, Town of West Hartford

We really haven’t had a problem here.

James Strillacci - West Hartford Chief of Police

From our perspective, there’s been no appreciable increase in crime in that area as a result of
this housing.

Captain Frederick Komm - Darien Police Department

Most people don't realize it's affordable housing. Its location is ideal ‐ just a block away from the train station so people can easily get to work without driving, and it's within walking distance of restaurants, shops and other retail. We all know housing in Fairfield County is expensive and Clock Hill offers an opportunity for people who work in the area, but may not have the income to support purchasing a market rate home in Darien, to live closer to their job and to transportation.

Evonne Klein - First Selectman, Town of Darien

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