STRATFIELD VILLAGE ASSOCIATION SECURES $650,000 IN STATE FUNDING FOR THE FOUR CORNERS PROJECT
September 20, 2018- The Stratfield Village Association is excited to announce the State of Connecticut Bond Commission today approved a $650,000 grant to the Town of Fairfield for the SVA Four Corners Project which will renovate and revitalize the intersection of Fairfield Woods Rd and Stratfield Rd/Rt 59, the center of Stratfield Village.
The SVA would like to thank the entire Fairfield state delegation who have vocally supported the SVA's efforts and the Four Corners Project, including Representative and Stratfield resident Cristin McCarthy Vahey who spearheaded funding efforts at the state capital, Senator Tony Hwang, Representative Laura Devlin and Representative Brenda Kupchick.
SVA Co-Presidents Jamie McCusker and Dylan O'Connor attended the Bond Commission's vote in Hartford Thursday morning and were congratulated by Governor Daniel Malloy after the session.
“We are thrilled to have secured this grant and would like to thank Cristin McCarthy Vahey for leading the efforts in Hartford to secure state funding for the Stratfield Village Association Four Corners Project,” said Jamie McCusker, Co-President of the Stratfield Village Association (SVA). “It was always the hope of the SVA that the State of Connecticut, the Town of Fairfield and the Stratfield community would work together to help fund and support this project and this state funding is a huge step towards helping it come to fruition.”
SVA co-President Dylan O’Connor said, “The Four Corners has always been the commercial center and heart of Stratfield Village and this project will revitalize and renovate this neighborhood centerpiece, creating a more pedestrian friendly shopping district that will be safer, more attractive and benefit both the community and the businesses located here.”
According to the SVA master plan, the project entails pedestrian and streetscape enhancements to the Stratfield Village Business District located at the intersection of Stratfield (State Route 59) and Fairfield Woods Roads to improve pedestrian safety as well as to foster redevelopment of the former Stratfield Village Market and increase economic development in the area.
“The project pairs nicely with the new senior housing under construction in the neighborhood as well as to Owen Fish Park and Sacred Heart University,” Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-Fairfield) said. “The Stratfield Village Association, led by Dylan O’Connor and Jamie McCusker, put in the hard work and planning necessary to secure this state funding. Their vision for a vibrant, walkable community was an easy sell to members of the Bond Commission.”
“Given the state’s challenging fiscal condition, it is important that we weigh every bonding project to make sure that we prioritize and carefully evaluate every dollar is being used for the greater public good,” said Sen. Tony Hwang (R-Fairfield). “This funding request initiated by The Stratfield Village Association is an example of a community project that will reap benefits for years in terms of increased economic development and improving the pedestrian safety of an extremely busy state managed traffic intersection. These improvements will surely help revitalize the area around the former Stratfield Village Market and improve public safety and quality of life in the Stratfield area of Fairfield.”
“I want to give a very big thank you to the Stratfield Village Association, they did a great job advocating for this wonderful project,” said Rep. Laura Devlin (R-Fairfield). “This is a really good project for Stratfield and all of Fairfield will benefit. The improvements will not only increase public safety in the village but will spur and support economic development. I look forward to seeing this project progress.”
“I am glad to have had the opportunity to have assisted the Stratfield Village Improvement Association in this project to encourage economic development and improve pedestrian safety in the Stratfield Village area,” said Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield).
Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau said, “This funding is vital for our community and especially for the Stratfield Village neighborhood as the need to improve and revitalize the Stratfield Village Business District has been a long time coming. It is great to see so many different community leaders come together on this important project—Stratfield residents, Sacred Heart University, and town and state officials—helping to enhance the safety and economic vitality of this area.” ...
I'm sure many in our neighborhood will have mixed feelings about this- we are happy for Chief MacNamara and his new opportunity at SHU, but he's been a great asset to Fairfield and our neighborhood since joining the Fairfield Police Department in 1988. ...