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The Hour logoAs Washington Village revitalization pushes forward, one family remains
By Justin Papp - Monday, January 7, 2019

NORWALK - Seeing the demolition in progress adjacent to Washington Village, and the boarded up windows in the project's still-standing buildings, FedEx trucks drive past the only apartment still inhabited. They assume the whole development is vacant.

That's a problem for Lucy Vallere, who has lived in Washington Village nearly 60 years and as of Thursday will be the lone dweller in final buildings slated to be razed. Vallere, now 63, has had a series of medical complications with her feet that have left her legs non-weight-bearing. She gets regular shipments of medical supplies that, as her neighbors have trickled out, have had to be diverted elsewhere, lest they be lost in the mail.

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