Fairfield Hills campus

Trades Ln & Mile Hill Rd
Newtown CT 06470
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<p>Fairfield Hills was once a bustling campus that was home to a state mental institution from 1931 to 1995. During that time, the campus was teeming with activity from the thousands of patients and&nbsp; staff who lived and work there. "It had its own police and firefighting force and in many ways operated like&nbsp;a separate and distinct&nbsp;"mini-city" within Newtown," former workers said. The state eventually closed the hospital, and in 2004 Newtown bought the property.</p> <p>The Fairfield Hills Authority was established as a municipal development agency for the property. In 2008, a local businessman built the Newtown Youth Academy, which boasts an indoor turf field and other athletic facilities for use by youth teams as well as an membership-based fitness center.&nbsp; Last year, the Municipal Center, which&nbsp;holds the offices for most town agencies, such as the Board of Education and Board of Selectmen,&nbsp;also opened.</p> <p>As of 2010, the town was still wrestling with what to do with the property, particularly given the slow economy.</p> <p>The Board of Selectmen is organizing a committee to review the master plan for Fairfield Hills.</p> <p>In addition to buildings, many of which will eventually have to be torn down given their condition, the site features several popular walking trails.</p>