FREE: 14 fine, old homes in New Haven County. These houses, presently owned by the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority or RWA, are being given away. There's a catch, of course. These houses, some of which feature historical significance from our past, cannot stay where they are. Once purchased, the houses must be moved from their present location. Although a buyer might be getting a deal on the building, he would then have to incur the expense of moving the house and of acquiring land to accommodate it. Since the response from the public has been less than impressive, the RWA is threatening to demolish these houses.
Several years ago, the RWA determined that it was no longer cost effective to maintain homes on water property. For years, RWA had sustained these homes as rental property. Since the homes are older, a host of maintenance issues have surfaced. To further complicate matters, according to the RWA, the buildings are contaminated with both asbestos and lead. Concerned about the mounting costs, the RWA has chosen to divest itself of the houses.