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The Community Builders Respond to Dismissal of Request to Intervene on Kensington Playground Lawsuit

Updated: Jan 3, 2022


November 30, 2021

CONTACT Ashlee Niedospial 570.778.5916

New Haven, CT – State Superior Court Judge the Honorable James Abrams today ruled against a request by The Community Builders, a non-profit affordable housing organization with communities across Connecticut, to be added as a party to a lawsuit against the City of New Haven over the sale of Kensington Playground, a park in the Dwight neighborhood of New Haven. Due to the impact of the lawsuit on a planned revitalization project by The Community Builders, shortly after the lawsuit was filed last November the organization requested permission to intervene. A hearing on the request was held on Friday, November 5, 2021. In response to the court’s ruling, and the lawsuit which has delayed the project for the past year, The Community Builders’ Development Project Manager Kristin Anderson, has shared the following response: “This lawsuit has had a very real and clear impact on the Kensington Square project and while we’re disappointed in this ruling, we’re still optimistic that this lawsuit will be resolved soon so we can get back to providing the affordable housing our neighbors both need and deserve. “This lawsuit has prevented the start of construction on this project for an entire year and there has been a real human cost to the delays—quality of life for ninety-six families who call Kensington Square home has been put on hold. “Everyone should have access to safe, high-quality, affordable housing and we will continue to advocate on behalf of our residents so we can provide them with the quality housing they deserve.”

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About The Community Builders The Community Builders (TCB) is one of America's leading nonprofit housing organizations. Our mission is to build and sustain strong communities where all people can thrive. We realize our mission by developing, financing and operating residential communities, neighborhood amenities and resident opportunity programs. Since 1964, we have constructed or preserved hundreds of affordable and mixed-income housing developments and pioneered the Community Life (CL) model for resident success. TCB’s presence in Connecticut goes back to the 1990s, with communities in New Haven, Torrington, Hartford, and Vernon.

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