Fairfield Hills duplex has new life with nonprofit

NEWTOWN — All the noise this summer at the town’s Fairfield Hills campus has been coming from the demolition of the 225,000-square-foot Canaan House – one of the huge abandoned red brick buildings left from the former state psychiatric hospital that Newtown took over a decade ago.

But on Monday night, Newtown VIPs and friends of a home-grown nonprofit assembled on a quiet corner of the town’s grounds to make some noise over the renovation of a charming 4,800-square-foot red brick duplex, which is just as important to Newtown’s long-term vision for its municipal campus.

“What we have here is an extraordinary outcome and a tremendous investment, not just for the town of Newtown,” said Pat Llodra, the town’s first selectman, speaking to supporters in the candle-lit living room of the renovated duplex. “The town is going to lease it to the Newtown Parent Connection for $1 a year for the next 10 years.” Read complete article >