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Construction Begins at Wilton Commons

WILTON, Conn. – The ground has been broken for the affordable senior living facility known as Wilton Commons , which has been in the works since 2003.

“Unfortunately, [Wilton Commons] has taken too long to finally come together” because the need for affordable senior housing is lacking in Fairfield County, First Selectman Bill Brennan said at the groundbreaking. “So while it took many years for this project to close, hopefully Wilton will serve as a model for the state and to other communities.”

State Sen. Toni Boucher , R-Wilton, said in a statement, “I am truly proud to represent a truly caring compassionate community, not only for our young people but also for our frail elderly."

Many thanks were given to George Ciaccio, chairman of Wilton Commons, and Buck Griswold, a Wilton Commons board member, who spearheaded the project.

“For them, no goal was too ambitious, no shot was too long, no challenge was too great. They are our own miracle worker,” said state Rep. Gail Lavielle , R-Wilton. ”For their foresight, their determination and their accomplishment, they deserve all our admiration and our sincerest thanks.”

The facility will have 51 units available, with another 20 to 23 units possible when financing is available. The project cost $10 million to fund, and much of the money was pledged through private donations. The 4.8 acres of land was made available by the town for a $1 a year lease for the next 85 years.

“When this facility is built, we can all be proud that we worked together to create a very needed affordable housing community for our seniors. It was clearly the right thing to do,” Brennan said.

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