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Monday, November 13, 2006

Senior housing hopes dashed

BERLIN

Berlin’s dreams of expanding a subsidized apartment complex for seniors and the disabled have been dashed by the federal government’s denial of the town's grant application, officials said.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development shot down the town’s request for funding to add 36 units to Northbrook Village. The money would have gone to construct a two-story apartment-style building, said Town Clerk Eloise Smalls, who served on the five-member grant seeking committee.

HUD would have paid up to 67 percent of the project cost, with the rest of the money coming from the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

Built opened in 1980, Northbrook is for residents who are at least 62 years old who either have low incomes or a disability. There are currently 40 apartments in detached buildings on the 19 acre property off of Pleasant Street, with more than 30 people on the waiting list, officials said.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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