June 13, 2022 - The Town of Madison celebrates completion of Small Cities Community Development Block Grant modernization project at Concord Meadows
In 2019 the Town of was amongst 13 municipalities awarded funding. Madison received $1,479,021.09 through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities program, administered by the Connecticut Department of Housing with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This was the second grant award for the Town of Madison through this program which aims to improve the lives of residents in the state of Connecticut by funding repairs and upgrades for low- and moderate-income residents.
The Town, in conjunction with Madison Interfaith Residential Community, and Eversource, began work in 2021 for the second phase of upgrades at Concord Meadows, a 90-unit affordable housing community for persons over 62 and those with disabilities. This phase consisted of the installation of energy efficient electric heat pump systems for improved and efficient heating and air conditioning in each unit; and new triple pane energy star-rated windows to increase energy efficiency and envelope improvements for the newer phase of the development.
First Selectwoman Peggy Lyons stated that this grant was “incredibly helpful in improving the quality of life for residents in the Concord Meadows complex while fulfilling the Town’s mission to support housing options in our community for low- and moderate-income seniors that is attractive and energy efficient.” She added that the grant application process is “rigorous and multi-faceted and includes mandatory in-person training by the Connecticut Department of Housing” in order for a municipality to qualify for the grant. The grant process was a team effort with the Madison Interfaith Residential Community Board, Property Management, Town staff and Grant Consultants: specifically, Board members Elaine Reitman and John Brady; Property Manager, Mike Hallarin, Jen Svelnys of the Housing Development Team, LLC, and Lauren Rhines, Town Coordinator/Risk Manager for the Town.