Danbury scrambling to build CT’s first condominium-style school before enrollment surge hits

The city’s plans to be first in Connecticut to open a school in an office park under a condominium-style agreement has put leaders in a race against an Oct. 1 grant deadline to get blueprints to the state. Missing the state deadline would make Danbury ineligible for an 80 percent reimbursement of the school’s estimated $90 million cost, members of a city task force warned during a meeting this week. As it is, there is nothing conventional about Danbury’s plans to buy 210,000-square-feet of office space from the owners of The Summit’s and convert it into classrooms and labs. It helps the cause that Danbury’s plan was approved in principle by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ned Lamont in September, along with smaller school construction funding projects in Brookfield and New Fairfield. In December, the healthcare system known as Nuvance that runs Danbury and Norwalk hospitals made headlines by signing a lease for 200,000-square-feet of office space The Summit.


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