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Leaders Applaud New West Side Coming To Stamford

STAMFORD, Conn. — A collaboration between Stamford Hospital and Charter Oak Communities is looking to revitalize the West Side, a Stamford neighborhood often seen as isolated from the rest of the city, leaders said in a celebration Thursday.

“This is a story about transformation,” Vin Tufo, president and CEO of Charter Oak Communities , said during an event Thursday celebrating the West Side’s future.

The plan is centered on the construction of a new $450 million hospital by 2016 in a new health and wellness district on the West Side, called Vita, to attract more health services and facilities along Stillwater Avenue, Charter Oak said in a statement.

A new mixed-income residential community will also be built in the district by Charter Oak for about $200 million, it said. Tufo and others from Charter Oak, formerly the Stamford Housing Authority, met with residents to determine what they want in the housing.

“You may not even recognize them as affordable or mixed income,” he said of the housing units.

The new hospital will feature private patient care units, separate treatment areas in the Emergency Department, larger exam rooms and surgical suites, a new Pediatric Unit adjacent to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and an expanded Intensive Care Unit, a statement said.

“As you can see today we are making progress,” said Brian Grissler, Stamford Hospital president and CEO, pointing to the construction that surrounded the site of Thursday’s celebration.

“The West Side is the last frontier and has been the last frontier,” said Mayor Michael Pavia, who grew up in the neighborhood, as he compared it to development in other sections of Stamford.

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