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Wilton Commons: Applications will be reviewed

Wilton Commons Lottery

Ken Dartley, right, a member of the Wilton Commons Resident Selection Committee, draws a number from a bag on Friday, Dec. 7. He is handing the number to a representative of Mutual Housing Association of Southwestern Connecticut, who read the number aloud. Keith Cyran of Mutual Housing, left, then assigned the number to an unopened resident application.

The Wilton Commons resident application period ended Dec. 1 with 90 candidates submitting their names for the 51 senior rental apartments. A lottery took place on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Our Lady of Fatima church hall to determine the order in which those applications will be reviewed. About 30 people were there to watch the proceedings.

No names and no information were released at the drawing, according to Ken Dartley, a member of the Wilton Commons Resident Selection Committee. “No one knows where they stand in the ranking,” he said.

The selection committee will not be involved in the application review process, he said. That will be undertaken by administrators from Elderly Housing Management, a nonprofit organization that manages a number of senior housing units including Ogden House in Wilton.

Applicants who do not meet eligibility criteria will be notified immediately, Mr. Dartley said. Those who are eligible will be brought in for interviews according to their lottery ranking. The committee is meeting today, Dec. 13, to begin setting up an interview schedule. Interviews may begin taking place as early as the end of this month, according to Keith Cryan of Mutual Housing. Representatives from Elderly Housing will conduct the interviews.

Now that the initial application period has ended, future applications will be reviewed on an as-received basis. Seniors age 62 and up with annual incomes up to $53,940 (for one person) and $61,680 (for a two-person household) may apply to be considered for a unit of approximately 650 square feet.

Wilton Commons, which is nearing completion, is on Route 7 just north of Trackside Teen Center.

The move-in date has been pushed back to April.

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