Tolland, Sept. 14, 2018 /Access Community Action Agency/ — The conversion of Tolland’s former Parker Elementary School into 37 units of affordable housing for the elderly was celebrated with a Groundbreaking Ceremony last week. This housing development project, named Access Housing at Parker Place, has been a public-private partnership between the Access Community Action Agency as the developer and the Connecticut Department of Housing, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston and its local member bank The Savings Institute Bank and Trust, The Town of Tolland and Redstone Equity Partners. The keynote speaker at the groundbreaking was Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, whose children attended elementary school at Parker.
The $11 million project has taken nine years to get from initial concept to construction, and is expected to be ready for people to move into by next summer. This initiative of 25,000 units of affordable housing funded by the state of CT over the past eight years under the leadership of Gov. Dan Malloy and Lt. Governor Wyman.
The Access Community Action Agency is designated by the federal and state government as the anti-poverty agency in northeast Connecticut. Access provides nutritional food, affordable housing, job readiness services, and other pathways to economic self-reliance for under-resourced families and individuals throughout the region. For more information about Access’s services or to be put on a list of people who might be interested in living at Parker Place when it is completed, call (860) 450-7400 in the Willimantic area, (860) 412-1600 in the Danielson area, or visit www.accessagency.org.