The installation of sewers on Old New Hartford Road from Winsted near the Henny Penny gas station/convenience store to the back of the Mallory Brook Plaza has begun. The interlocal agreement between the two towns was renewed a couple of months ago, thereby enabling this very important project. This agreement was first signed over 18 years ago and had expired about 3 years ago, requiring execution of a new agreement.
This project is being paid for by the owner of the Plaza, at no expense to the Town, and will ultimately connect with Lombard Ford and the proposed housing project being undertaken by the Barkhamsted Housing Trust, Inc. (Housing Trust). The sewer system will enable the redevelopment of the Plaza, which will enhance the west end of Route 44 in Barkhamsted and will also be an economic plus for both towns. The first step in this redevelopment is that a national chain, called Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, one of America's largest retailers of closeout merchandise & excess inventory, will be occupying the former Peebles and Laser Tag spaces.
It is expected that the sewers will be operational in the next 6-8 weeks and will also be available to the residents who live along Old New Hartford Road to the west of the Plaza, should they be interested in connecting.
The Housing Trust received a loan from LISC (The Local Initiatives Support Corporation), which is a US non-profit community development financial institution that supports community development initiatives. The LISC funding was used by the Trust to purchase the Mallory Brook Farm and to pay miscellaneous other expenses.
The Farm will be the site of the development of an affordable housing complex consisting of 20 units of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments, most likely in 4 buildings of 5 apartments each. In addition to funding the purchase, the Trust anticipates receiving other funds, which will likely take a couple of months, and which will fund pre-development activities such as engineering, design and environmental reviews. This work will ultimately result in a design package, which will be used to apply for grants and/or the loans that will be used by the Trust to proceed with developing the apartments.