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Will Curtis House Become a Sober House?


Curtis House, Connecticut’s oldest inn, may become a sober house.

WOODBURY – Connecticut’s oldest inn and a town landmark may go from being a bed and breakfast to a halfway house. Under the plan, Curtis House would be sold to Route 67 GR, LLC and become Soar Lodge, a sober facility for young adult males aged 18 to 28 and consist of an extensive life skills based curriculum.

Attorney Kenneth R. Slater Jr. has submitted an application to zoning on behalf of Route 67 GR, LLC, and it will be discussed at the Tuesday, Aug. 8 Zoning Commission meeting. That meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center.

If the application is approved, it should be considered for a public hearing at the Zoning Commission’s September 12 meeting.

The applicant will not make any site changes requiring site plan approval, but is simply seeking special permit approval authorizing the use of the property at 506 Main St. South, the application reads.

According to the application, Soar Lodge would be staffed around the clock by a trained support staff, and would house up to 48 clients that pay a private tuition. Those clients would use the current count of 24 rooms at Curtis House.

Clients would not have cars, and would be driven in company-owned vehicles to any off-site programs. The applicant says 15 of the current 100 parking spaces would be used on a regular basis. The kitchen at the facility would not be used, and continental breakfast, lunch and dinner would be purchased by Soar Lodge from local vendors.

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The clinical component would be outsourced. Clients would be matched with a therapist and psychiatrist from the community. They would provide therapy sessions, medication management and intensive outpatient group therapy off-site.

Curtis House has been in the Hardisty family since it was purchased by Estella Hardisty and her son, Chester C. Hardisty, in 1954. It was built by Anthony Stoddart in 1735.

Curtis House has been on the market for quite some time, and is listed by Drakeley Real Estate. The listing price is $849,900.

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2 Comments

  • R Fusi says:

    Are you people kidding? Property. Skies will dive and the already too many board cops will be busy. That is the most idiotic use of a property in a town this size that doesn’t even want a Starbucks

  • Lisa says:

    I think it’s a wonderful idea, but sadly Woodbury will probably feel it is too “posh” to approve.
    I commend all who spend their time helping addicts. It is not an easy job, but it is an important one.
    The Woodbury area is not immune to addiction, and I think the town’s patrols will be busier if those addicts are not treated.

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