TOD ADVOCATES STATEMENT ON STAMFORD PARKING GARAGE PUBLIC HEARING
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2012
Contact: Rebecca Kaplan, Connecticut Fund for the Environment, 201-707-6633 Amanda Kennedy, Regional Plan Association, 203-912-1805 Steven Higashide, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, 860-796-6988 Kirsten Griebel, Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, 860-236-5442
NEW HAVEN, CT — Connecticut Fund for the Environment, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Regional Plan Association, Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, and the Business Council of Fairfield County released the following statement today regarding tonight’s public hearing on the Stamford Parking Garage project.
“Repurposing the current dilapidated garage into a well-planned, mixed-use development can boost local jobs and the economy, as well as improve the station’s current circulation problems for all types of commuters – car, bus, pedestrian, and bicycle,” the groups said. “We encourage DOT to seek diverse stakeholder input on the project moving forward.”
“We support mixed-use, transit-oriented development at the Stamford railroad station,” added Joe McGee, vice president, public policy & programs for the Business Council of Fairfield County. “Let’s also look at different solutions to parking at the station; not just simply rebuilding the garage on the current site.”
ConnDOT is proposing to demolish the current garage, which holds 700 spaces, and replace it with a transit-oriented mix of residential, office, and retail development including a garage with 1,000 parking spaces within ¼ of a mile from the station. During construction, parking will be provided at an alternate location within ¼ of a mile from the station. In addition to creating more parking, ConnDOT is proposing to make improvements to the station to enhance safety, convenience, and pedestrian and vehicle flow.