Local legislators joined residents at Marshall Commons on Saturday for its first anniversary celebration and plaque dedication to New Neighborhoods Inc. Founder Pat Marshall.
Marshal Commons was developed by New Neighborhoods Inc., a private non-profit housing developer and manager dedicated to building and redeveloping low to moderate income housing in Fairfield County.
"This isn't federal government or the state or the city saying we're going to do it," said Congressman Jim Himes. "This is the private sector doing it with innovative financing techniques, bringing in different elements of finance."
Marshall Commons is one of the first buildings named after Pat Marshall, who has led the charge to provide decent affordable housing for needy citizens since the 1960s.
"The combination of people is really a model of what we need to do in the country, bring people together to make communities out of diverse places where people live," said Senator Richard Blumenthal. "That is the lasting legacy of Pat Marshal. She made communities and she believed in people coming together regardless of their background, wealth or race, she really brought people together and New Neighborhoods was really very old in that value of community."
"I'm going to give Stamford a lot of credit and Pat more credit for the way we did things in Stamford because we never forgot that it was a housing program. The other side of the coin was development," said Pobie Johnston.
The downtown Stamford complex is within walking distance from the train station and provides tenants with energy star appliances and services.
"Ms. Marshall, when she was called home, her voice was not silenced at all, so many many years later this is a blessing as we stand in the footprint for everything that she stood for," said tenant Gina Smith.
"Our neighborhoods are strong because you got diversity and of course as this neighborhood gentrifies, we need to make sure that the people who lived in this community for a long time, don't get left behind, and Marshal Commons is one of the efforts that would make that possible," said Himes.