Sale Of Marshall Lane Property Finalized

GOOGLE The former Marshall Lane Manor nursing home in Derby has been officially sold, with the deed filed Friday morning in Derby City Hall.

The property at 101 Marshall Lane is supposed to be converted into a dormitory for international high school students living in the U.S. to attend private schools in the area.

The new owner, Connecticut International Academy, LLC, paid $450,000 to Simonetti Realty Inc. for the property.

The Marshall Lane Manor nursing home was owned by the Simonetti family of Shelton from 1973 until its closing in 2015. Owner Anthony Simonetti is the chairman of the Shelton Town Republican Committee.

Apex International Education Partners (AIEP) LLC, of Watertown, plans to renovate the building so that it can eventually hold about 100 students and about eight overnight staffers, according to documents filed with the city’s planning department.

The proposed use of the property generated a fair amount of controversy during public hearings held in front of the Derby Planning and Zoning Commission.

The planning commission first approved a zone text amendment that allowed a dormitory as a “special exception” use in the neighborhood, then gave a green light to the project Dec. 19 after reviewing the site plans.

However, a lawsuit against the zoning amendment is still pending in Superior Court in Milford. It was filed against the Derby Planning and Zoning Commission by two people in the neighborhood — including a relative of Derby Mayor Rich Dziekan — who opposed the change.

The commission’s answer to the lawsuit is due in court Feb. 28.

The plaintiffs are being represented by Richard Volo of Derby.

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