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Goodwin College looks to buy homes for possible expansion


Goodwin College recently purchased 50 residential units including more than two dozen homes in a neighborhood off Route 2.

Some families told Eyewitness News that they were disappointed to leave the neighborhood, while others were thrilled after seeing the price being offered by the college.

"I think what they want to do is knock down all these houses and build," said Katie Gutska, who is a resident of Willowbrook Drive. "And it's just disappointing because it's so quiet around here, and it's relaxing."

Goodwin College owns an early childhood magnet school at the end of Willowbrook Drive and is planning on opening later this year.

There are no immediate plants to re-develop the neighborhood, according to a spokesman for Goodwin College. 

"In all cases that we are aware of, property owners who decide to sell are very satisfied with our offer, and consider it a win-win," said Lee Sawyer, director of communications for Goodwin College.

Peter Ottone said he has lived in his home for 53 years and is ready to move after getting an offer from the college for the rights to his property.

"They offered at least 20 percent more better than what the average market price," he said.

Ottone told Eyewitness News because he said the neighborhood is not the same.

"They've all retired, moved to Florida or moved here or there," he said. "And we felt it was our time."

However, neighbor Gutska disagrees with Ottone and said she does not want to sell her family's home. As of Monday, she had not received an offer, but said she expects one later this week.

She told Eyewitness News that her great-grand parents lived in the residence and wanted to stay at her house.

"Everyone knows each other around here, so it's kind of upsetting that we have to deal with this right now," Gutska said.

She told Eyewitness News that she is looking at home, but hasn't decided if she'll actually move.

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