Esposito: ‘We live right in the heart of Danbury’
New mayor aiming to sell house in Brookfield
DANBURY — Mayor Dean Esposito spent his inauguration night in a new home.
Esposito and his wife have been renting an apartment by Osborne Street and Hospital Avenue since the end of November.
“We live right in the heart of Danbury,” he said.
Esposito had lived in Brookfield until shortly before announcing his run for mayor, when he moved into a family friend’s home on Candlewood Lake. He did not pay rent there, but helped with utilities and still owns his Brookfield home.
Democrats had criticized Esposito for this, running a campaign ad that called him “Brookfield Dean,” prompting questions of whether he actually lived in the city or would move there permanently. Mayors are required to live in Danbury. He narrowly beat Democrat Roberto Alves for the mayor’s seat last month.
Esposito was born in Danbury, lived there most of his life, worked for the city and had said before the election that he planned to move to the city regardless of whether he won the race.
Esposito and his wife are selling the Brookfield house through a private deal after “sprucing” it up with new painting and carpeting, he said.
“It’s going very well,” he said. “We actually have a buyer, a personal relationships that they’re in process of getting a loan for a house.”
His Brookfield home is designated as affordable housing through the state statute 8-30g, which means state authorities are involved in the sale.
“That was listed under that as affordable housing back 13, 14 years ago when we were able to buy it,” Esposito said. “We were given the opportunity to purchase that home at that time. It was a blessing for us.”
The state oversees and governs the price of the house, so a mediator is conducting an evaluation of the single-family home, he said.
The development on Carlins Way has five homes, two of which are affordable at 80 percent of the area median income, according to Brookfield’s application for a moratorium on 8-30g. The Espositos purchased the home for $242,000 in 2008, according to property records in the application.
Brookfield earns 3.75 housing unit-equivalent points toward this moratorium thanks to the Carlins Way homes. In total, 2 percent of the town’s housing stock is considered affordable, with the town earning 131.24 points, according to the application.
The new apartment is a two-bedroom, with a “nice little yard surrounding the building,” Esposito said.
“It’s nice,” he said. “We’re happy. We’ve got some good neighbors.”
The Espositos signed their lease in the last week of November, spent the first night in the apartment on Nov. 30 and have been living there ever since, he said.
“We’ve been in the process of moving everything over, slowly but surely when the opportunity has afforded us,” said Esposito, adding it’s been a busy time.
The couple’s adult children live outside of Connecticut, and the Espositos wanted to downsize. He said he’s glad he doesn’t have to rake the yard anymore.
“The hardest part for my wife and I now is selling the furniture,” said Esposito, adding they’re dispersing it between nieces and nephews and selling on Facebook Marketplace.