Over at the Advocate, Brian Lockhart is reporting that the DOT has prepared a list of properties, that include homes along the proposed Super 7 corridor, which are “officially” recomended to be sold. I guess the state is thinking desperate measures in desperate times.
Marie did not specifically advise selling the vacant land. But he told Rell that 14 improved parcels — properties with homes in Wilton, Ridgefield, Redding and Danbury — have been “a liability to the department” and are valued at $6.6 million.
The state acquired the Super 7 properties decades ago to build a four- to six-lane expressway from Norwalk to Danbury.
Long-standing opposition from environmentalists and smaller towns along the route has all but eliminated prospects for Super 7’s completion, and the DOT is widening the existing Route 7.
Over the years, the DOT has rented the 14 homes to tenants, resulting in a modest income.
According to DOT data, the monthly rent ranges from around $1,158 for a ranch-style house at 29 Fire Hill Road in Ridgefield, built in 1950, to $3,000 for the colonial at 11 West Stars Plain Road in Danbury, built before 1967.
But Marie told Rell the lengthy amount of time it takes the state to arrange lease agreements and obtain tenants can result in vacancies, which lead to vagrancy and vandalism.
And funny that somehow lost in all this bureaucratic ennui about taking time to arrange lease agreements and having vacancies that no one has figured out that the state has this little ole statute called 8-30 G, whose sole purpose is to encourage towns that have less then 10% of their residential units as affordable housing to do something about it. Towns like Wilton, Ridgefield and REdding, where collectively if they have more than 7 units of affordable housing I’d be surprised.
So why not designate these homes as affordable housing instead of selling them at the bottom of the real estate market, as Rell seemingly suggests.
source: Advocate, Connecticut DOT suggests selling Route 7 property, By Brian Lockhart, August 30, 2009