Future of Southbury Training School Site Up for Discussion

What do you think should happen to the current site of Southbury Training School?

Southbury Training School. Credit: Patch File Photo.
Southbury Training School. Credit: Patch File Photo.
A meeting Wednesday night will give residents an opportunity to share their thoughts on potential future uses of the Southbury Training School property.

The meeting will take place Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Southbury Town Hall, 501 Main St. South, Southbury.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's Task Force conducted an initial study of the 1600-acre property, which will be reviewed during the meeting.

In July, Governor Daniel Malloy signed legislation to preserve the state-owned farmland at the school for agricultural purposes.

What do you think should happen to the current site?

Lorien Crow (Editor) December 03, 2013 at 02:53 PM
From our Facebook page: Alisa Clark Wissell said, "I would love to see a community center like a YMCA. Also, maybe a cultural center or museum of local history? I would also love to see a teen center." https://www.facebook.com/SouthburyPatch
Chelsea Ambrozaitis December 03, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Did you know that the Y operates programs at the Adventure Center at the Southbury Training School? We have youth sports in the spring and fall, family events, and YMCA Camp Oakasha in the summer. We hope to continue these programs in the future!
Joan Kloth-Zanard December 04, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Yes, a YMCA would be great. About 8 years ago, Kenneth Lundquist had a proposal to the town to ask to fix up the theater there to make it into a art theater and center that also showed movies. This would certainly solve the whole movie theater issue in town. I worked with him on the proposal and presentation to the Commission but they turned it down and then told us we would only be allowed a 10 year lease. So to spent several million fixing up the old theater at the SBTS and then to have it taken away from us just as it was making a profit made no sense. So if someone wants to get this proposal back up and running, let me know, and I will contact Kenneth about it.


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