City of Danbury Proposes Student Career Academy at Old Matrix Complex
The City of Danbury is seeking approval for a $45 million career academy for Danbury students.
The academy would be located at the old Matrix corporate complex now The Summit at Danbury, which is under new ownership. The current proposal would include 40 classrooms for 1,100 middle and high school students.
According to ctinsider.com, Danbury's student population continues to increase at a rate of 7.1 percent over the next ten years. A city task force is working on getting ahead of the increase in the number of Danbury students over the next decade.
The overall goal, according to Mayor Boughton, is to involve Danbury students with Danbury businesses through intern and externships, which is why the proposed 'career academy' at The Summit at Danbury is an ingenious idea.
Developers for The Summit sees this 1.2 million square foot building as a 'city-within-a-city.' Many businesses have already committed and 400 apartments are in the planning stages. The Mayor said the Governor appears to be on board with the project as well. The ultimate goal according to Mayor Mark is, "the significant improvement to the Danbury Public Schools."
Just a quick hit of history; The 1.2 million-square-foot building rests on 5,000 pillars and consists of 15 interconnected buildings around a central core and was initially built to house 3,000 Union Carbide employees in 1983.