The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced details of its $500 million plan to improve downtown Stamford's Transportation Center at a public forum at Stamford High School Tuesday night. The Transit-Oriented Development Project calls for the construction of a state-of-the-art facility that would improve the parking garage, traffic flow and offer retail, commercial offices, residential units and a hotel.
"This is in my opinion where all development is going in this country in the next 20 to 25 years," said JHM Group president John McClutchy. "We have an infrastructure that exists around transit centers. That infrastructure has to be used better than its been used in the past and I think what we're proposing here helps to do that in a number of different ways."
Construction is expected to start in the spring of next year and take several years to complete.
The project includes approximately 600,000 square feet of commercial office space, 60,000 square feet of retail space, as well as a hotel with about 150 rooms and about 150 residential units.
The garage will accommodate a minimum of 1,000 spaces.
"Part of the request for proposal that we responded to was very clear to the fact that not only do we have to build this parking, we have to build enough spaces," said JHM Group President. "But we have to build spaces in terms of the context of 2013 and the future. So we have engaged some of the country's best known parking equipment providers and making sure that this parking is going to be easily accessible."
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