Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman joined local dignitaries Monday at a dedication ceremony for the recently-completed Woodcrest elderly housing development in Somers.
"I love being in this room because everybody has the same color hair I do," Wyman quipped to the large crowd gathered into the Phase II community room. "This is the kind of housing we need more and more of, and I want to commend all of the people involved in this."
Somers First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said, "You have a little acorn of an idea, and when you get together with some amazing people and some amazing organizations and agencies, this is the result of what happens. Woodcrest is beautiful, 146 units of exceptional housing."
"This project represents seven years of collaboration between the state of Connecticut, private banks and investors, and the result is $30 million worth of investment in green, perpetually-sustainable housing," said Harvey Edelstein, president of Real Estate Diagnostics Inc.
Property manager Brooke Hawkins said, "I'm a part of the town - I live in town and my husband's a fireman, so to be able to work in town and live in town and see a community of my grandparents' generation have a place to live that's safe and bright and with staff that is amazing is such a wonderful thing."
The Woodcrest complex, which opened in 2010 and added a second phase late last year, currently has a waiting list for its affordable housing. Plans are being discussed for a third phase, which may be inclusive to potential residents who are currently above the maximum income requirements.