STAMFORD, Conn. - Referring to it as “Stamford’s future,” officials Tuesday rolled out the proposal to build a new transit center at the Stamford Train Station that would contain more parking spaces, retail shops, commercial offices, residential units and a hotel.
The project, which would cost $500 million, would replace the antiquated train station south of Interstate 95. During the public hearing in Stamford High School Tuesday night, some residents expressed mild skepticism about the plan but most seemed impressed with the overall attempt to improve what’s already there.
Chief among the concerns was commuter parking at the station and whether it would be compromised by the other aspects of the project, but John McClutchy, president of development company JHM Group, was quick to assuage those concerns.
“There will be very little inconvenience to commuters,” said McClutchy, referring to the construction of the project.
Once complete, the project would have 1,000 commuter parking spaces, up from 727, and those spaces would be separate from the retail, residential, hotel and office parking spaces.
“The commuter parking will be for commuters only,” McClutchy said. “It will be completely separate.”
The project, called a transit-oriented development, will have 600,000 square feet of commercial office space, 60,000 square feet of retail space, 150-200 rooms in the hotel and 150 residential units. McClutchy said several businesses and retailers already have expressed an interest in moving to the facility once it is finished.
Regarding concerns about the traffic impact during the projected two-year construction phase and beyond, state Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker said the department is studying the matter intently.
“We are very mindful of the potential traffic impact,” Redeker said.
The project, which ConnDOT is spearheading, still has a ways to go before shovels break ground. The state and JHM still are negotiating the deal, and there still are approvals and specific plans that need to be finalized.
McClutchy said that process could take a year followed by another two years of construction.