Written by Beth Treffeisen on Nov 24, 2019
Updated Nov 25, 2019 at 12:21 PM
The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Thursday night to move forward with negotiations with the developers behind converting the Henry T. Wing School into affordable senior apartments.
“We are here to do the best for the citizens,” said Ralph Vitacco, the town’s director of planning and economic development. “We want to make sure the final product is something we can all be proud of.”
Stratford Capital Group Development, working with the nonprofit organization CHOICE — Choice Housing Opportunities for Intergenerational & Community Endeavors — is proposing a 128-unit housing development called Henry T. Wing Residences.
The project on Water Street will mainly be for low- and moderate-income residents age 62 and older. The project will retain the facade of the 1927 school building, while the rest of the structure will be demolished to create the age-restricted housing.
Stratford Capital Group plans to buy the Wing property from the town for $1.27 million, which will be paid over three phases. The developer is also requesting $2.65 million in Community Preservation Act funds for the project over that period.
The selectmen brought up the possibility of having a special town meeting this winter to vote on the project. That way the developers and town officials will have a better sense of the direction in which the town wants to proceed.
The proposal also needs final approval from town meeting.
“We will start the ball rolling,” Vitacco said.