Shelton gets grant funding for senior complex upgrades

Sinsabaugh Heights in Shelton, Conn.

Sinsabaugh Heights in Shelton, Conn.

Brian Gioiele / Hearst Connecticut Media

SHELTON — Sinsabaugh Heights, an elderly housing complex in the city, will be getting a makeover.

The city recently received a $410,000 grant through the Community Development Block Grant Small Cities Program, according to Shelton Economic Development Commission President Paul Grimmer, with the funds to be used for necessary upgrades to the state subsidized rental facility.

“The City of Shelton asked for the SEDC’s help in preparing the grant application and we went into it thinking we’d give it our best shot,” said Grimmer, “Shelton was one of only seven communities in the entire state that actually received a small cities grant.”

Grimmer said this was the first time that he and his office applied for such a grant. He and his assistant Aleta Miner had to be certified prior to applying for the grant, since the SEDC office would be administering use of the funds.

Sinsabaugh Heights offers housing for low-income older adults ages 62 and older and adults who have disabilities.

The Shelton Housing Authority previously received Small Cities funds, which supported similar rehabilitation to the Sinsabaugh Height I complex. This grant will cover renovations and will include the removal and installation of 88 storm doors in Sinsabaugh I and II, installation of 27 self-contained PTAC (packaged terminal air conditioning) units in Sinsabaugh II, and the installation of a state-of-the-art fire alarm system in Sinsabaugh II.

“The existing fire alarm assemblies are past their useful life and have presented numerous, uncorrectable, operational issues, according to a capital needs assessment done on the facility,” Madelyn McGowan, executive director of the Shelton Housing Authority, said.

The proposed upgrades will be the provision of a new, fully addressable fire alarm and call-for-aid system, McGowan said, allowing for state-of-the-art public safety response in the improved health and well-being of the residents.

Further, Grimmer wrote that the present PTAC assemblies have exceeded their useful life and require exorbitant maintenance. He added that the proposed newer heating and cooling systems will provide higher efficiency and support lower utility costs for the residents.

The Small Cities Program is administered by the Connecticut Department of Housing. Eligible projects are required to be in a municipality with a population of fewer than 50,000 residents and have a focus on improving neighborhoods, eliminating blight, and attracting economic development.