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Empty Park Avenue Building To Be Transformed Into Danbury Preschool

The empty building at 29 Park Ave. in Danbury will be transformed into a preschool serving children from Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, Newtown, New Fairfield, Redding, Ridgefield and Sherman.
The empty building at 29 Park Ave. in Danbury will be transformed into a preschool serving children from Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, Newtown, New Fairfield, Redding, Ridgefield and Sherman. Photo Credit: Weichert Realty

DANBURY, Conn. -- A former car dealership on Park Avenue in Danbury has been purchased by the Connecticut Institute For Communities Inc., which runs the Head Start preschool programs in the greater Danbury area, for use as a preschool.

James H. Maloney, president and CEO of CIFC, announced the purchase Wednesday of the former Waterworks/Danbury Cadillac/Oldsmobile building at 29 Park Ave. for $880,000.

Supported in part by a state grant for $800,000 sponsored by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and in keeping a campaign pledge made in Danbury last year, Maloney said the building will be refashioned into a comprehensive community nursery school/early learning center for preschool children ages 3 to 5.

CIFC provides Head Start classroom spaces for children from Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, Newtown, New Fairfield, Redding, Ridgefield and Sherman.

Over the next year, the building will be extensively remodeled, with the addition of seven early learning classrooms, an multi-purpose activity room, a warming kitchen, a nurse’s office, a parent advisor’s office and ancillary support space.

The new facility will also have an exterior state-of-the-art playscape/play yard and on-site parking for staff, parents and visitors.

The physical rehabilitation work will be privately financed by CIFC, which has hired the Danbury-based Rizzo Corp. as the construction manager.

The rehabilitation work is expected to take about 12 months to complete. The building is near the intersection of Route 7 and I-84, near the Danbury Fair Mall.

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