10 years ago
The Hannah Gray Home, Inc. and O,R&L Construction Corp. celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 10th unveiling the newly expanded and renovated facility. The Hannah Gray Home provides low income housing, supervised care and supportive services to elderly individuals in the Dixwell Avenue and Greater New Haven communities.
Speakers at the event included Senator Toni N. Harp, Representative William Dyson, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. and Reverend Anthony J. Davis. Regina Winters, President of the Hannah Gray Home’s Board of Directors, started off the event by thanking all those involved with the project and introducing Carla Weil and her organization’s involvement, the Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund, which has loaned the organization close to $2.5 million for the project.
The existing location has been used by the Hannah Gray Home since its establishment in 1911. The Home was operated in its intended capacity at the current site until 1996, when it was forced to close for financial and administrative reasons. The Rev. Anthony J. Davis then launched a campaign to save the Home. Rev. Davis was motivated by the memory of his aunt who had been a resident at the Home until its closure. He was able to secure the loan from the Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund and obtain the Certificate of Need (CON) from the Connecticut Department of Social Services authorizing the Home's redevelopment as a residential care facility. Rev. Davis continues to be involved with the Hanna Gray Home as one of its Trustees and spoke of his dedication to the project during the ceremony.
As Construction Manager, O,R&L Construction Corporation expanded and renovated the original structure, doubling the original size of the building and providing full accessibility for disabled residents. Energy efficient green building strategies were incorporated into the project with the use of high performance insulations, windows and mechanical systems.