Bob Duff

Senate Majority Leader

Bob Duff

Standing Up For You!

December 21, 2023

TODAY – Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff applauded $500,000 in state bonding to the Norwalk Housing Authority to plan for the redevelopment of eight properties at three locations. Sound Communities, a nonprofit affiliate of Norwalk Housing Authority, has assumed control of these properties that it intends to redevelop with the goal of placing long-term deed restrictions to ensure their affordability for generations to come.

The funding will support the predevelopment of the project to assess feasibility and make progress towards submitting a zoning permit application to the City of Norwalk. Sound Communities will hire an architect and civil engineer to design a conceptual study and site plan for the sites, and prepare the required drawings for Planning & Zoning. It will also commission a property survey, geotechnical study, Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, market study, and engage a zoning attorney.

The properties are located at:

  • 72 & 74 South Main Street and 2 & 3 Hanford Place
  • 79 S. Main Street, 6 & 8 Chestnut
  • 25 Leonard Street

“Today marks a significant investment in our community’s future,” said Senator Duff. “The $500,000 in state bonding for the Norwalk Housing Authority’s redevelopment initiative underscores the critical importance of ensuring affordable housing for generations to come. I commend Governor Lamont for his unwavering support, recognizing that this funding is a pivotal step towards creating sustainable, affordable living spaces. We’re grateful for this partnership that will pave the way for a brighter, more inclusive future for Norwalk. Together, we’re making strides toward building thriving, accessible communities for all.”

“Our administration remains focused on increasing the availability of housing throughout our state, and this funding for Norwalk will strengthen these efforts,” Governor Ned Lamont said. “I am glad we can partner with Senator Duff and the Norwalk Housing Authority to get these state funds released.”

“In April of this year, the Norwalk Housing Authority (NHA) acquired Fairfield County Mutual Housing and Norwalk Mutual Housing in a bid to try and save 55 at-risk units of deed restricted affordable housing,” said Adam Bovilsky, Executive Director of the Norwalk Housing Authority. “This grant is a lifeline to the families that live in our Mutual Housing properties.  It will serve a vital purpose, enabling NHA to develop essential financial, architectural, and engineering plans, ensuring that these homes will remain affordable in perpetuity and will allow us to expand the number of families served on these sites.  We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Governor Lamont, DOH Commissioner Mosquera-Bruno, Senator Bob Duff and the State Bond Commission for their unwavering support of affordable housing and their confidence in our agency.

“This investment reinforces our commitment to shaping a brighter future, one that fosters sustainable communities for all,” said Rep. Lucy Dathan (D-Norwalk/New Canaan). “Funding housing projects is always welcoming news and I am grateful to the governor and the State Bond Commission for working with our Norwalk delegation to prioritize this bonding allocation.”

“This funding will play a significant role in ensuring that our city continues to be accessible to all. I am thrilled that the Norwalk Housing Authority will receive the investment they need to continue building affordable housing units in our community. Thank you to Governor Lamont and the bond commission for including this project on their agenda, Majority Leader Duff and the rest of the Norwalk delegation for their work in securing this funding, and the Norwalk Housing Authority for their continued dedication to serving the residents of our city,” said State Representative Dominique Johnson (D- 143rd House District).

The Bond Agenda was approved on Friday, December 15.