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  • Town Meeting Approves Funds To Demolish Canaan House

    A years-long wish has come true for officials hoping to raze old buildings at Fairfield Hills. Residents at a town meeting Monday, August 17, approved $5 million in funding, an estimated $4.3 to $4.5 million of which will be used to remediate and raze Canaan House. Predemo work should start in the fall.

    Fairfield Hills Authority Chairman Thomas Connors said there is no specific plan for the area where the Canaan House now stands, “although parking and making space for the community center seems like it is where it’s headed.”

  • Clean Up After Your Dog

    To the Editor:

    I would like to thank the Town of Newtown for the beautiful walking/jogging paths made available at Fairfield Hills campus. It offers something for everyone. My husband and I immensely enjoy these paths and make good use of them daily. Which brings me to the reason for my letter.

  • Matchmaking At Fairfield Hills

    The Fairfield Hills Authority’s latest flirtation with economic development at the spacious campus home of Newtown’s seat of government hit a snag, as have so many of the other potential liaisons with commercial suitors that have come calling. US HealthVest, a developer of behavioral health facilities, had expressed interest in creating a 100-bed psychiatric hospital at Fairfield Hills.

  • New Trail Leads Through Meadows, Gardens, At FFH

    In mid-April LRM Construction crews began digging out a ten-foot-wide path at Fairfield Hills where a new paved walkway would go. Within weeks, residents eager to stroll the lengthened trail system, which is now complete and adds nearly a mile to existing trails, were already using the unfinished surface.

  • Community Center Planning Resumes

    The recently established Community Center Commission elected co-chairs and revised its vision statement Tuesday, May 26, at the group’s second meeting. In late April the Board of Selectmen chose members for the commission, who would fact-find, survey the community, and, after research and planning, render a recommendation on how to use a $15 million gift from the GE Foundation.

  • Spring Project Will See Extended Trail At FFH

    Trails at Fairfield Hills will be extended this spring, adding nearly another paved mile through the sprawling, scenic campus.

    Addressing the Fairfield Hills Authority earlier this month, Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold explained the trails project, which will extend the existing paved passive recreation surface. With a budgeted $300,000 in this year’s capital improvement plan (CIP), a recent bid came in from LRM Construction for $291,000, which was “great,” Ms Mangold said.

  • Questions Raised About Senior Center And Community Center Plans

    Plans for a community center, which would begin with a Phase I senior and aquatic center construction, are cause for concern to former Commission on Aging chairman Ross Carley.

  • Authority Peers Into The Future Of Fairfield Hills

    Earlier this winter several Fairfield Authority members and town Grants Coordinator Christal Preszler took a trip to Preston, where a former state facility similar to Fairfield Hills is now in that town’s hands. Unlike Newtown, however, which intends to redevelop its campus as a community and municipal asset, the town of Preston plans for the eventual sale of its property.

  • The Community Has Spoken On Housing At FFH

    To the Editor:

    The community forums on residential housing at Fairfield Hills made it very clear that Newtown does not want apartments on the campus. The Fairfield Hills Authority has acknowledged the lack of support for residential units on the campus. The Fairfield Hills Master Plan Review Commission  reported that this is not favored by the community at this time.

  • Fairfield Hills Housing Issues Reviewed At Forum

    About 50 people, including residents and town officials, gathered on December 11 at a second forum held to discuss the advisability of allowing housing by special zoning permit at the Fairfield Hills campus.