The Common Council voted on Monday to allow the mayor to convey city a city parking lot on Main and Grand streets to the Community Health Center for the construction of a new headquarters and treatment center for CHC.
The plan for the new CHC building garnered support from the downtown business community, including immediate neighbor Phil Ouellette owner of Eli Cannon’s.
“We’re no longer going to be the red-headed stepchild when that building is completed,” Ouellette said.
“This is vital,” said Peter Harding, who owns Liberty Square, a block away. “Especially right now the way the economy is. You’re not going to see another project like this for years.”
When it came to the Council debate on the issue, the support was nearly unanimous. One of the two holdouts, David Bauer, showed concern that the project was not the best financial decision for the taxpayer. He noted that the city would convey valuable downtown property for $1, and the building, as a non-profit would not be on the tax rolls.
Bauer’s fellow council members roundly disagreed with his assessment noting the years of service CHC has provided to Middletown and residents in need