Danbury approves Summit’s ‘dynamic and vibrant’ redevelopment plan that includes new westside schools

A novel plan for a $99 million high school and middle school in a sprawling westside office complex was unanimously approved by the Zoning Commission, clearing the way for City Hall to finalize a reimbursement commitment with the state. The career academy, which would be the first condominium-style public school in Connecticut, is expected to open in the fall of 2024, in a city where enrollment has hit a new high of 12,080 students. As much as the city is counting on the additional schools at the Summit, a commitment by the state to reimburse Danbury for 80 percent of the cost is yet to be finalized, officials said during a hearing on Tuesday. The Summit bought Matrix off the foreclosure market for a bargain of $17 million in 2018. The Summit went on to earn city approvals to retrofit the office park with apartments, stores and conference space.


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