How Will the 3.5 Million Dollar Communities Grant Improve CT's Livability?

Norwalk, CT

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Sustainable Communities Initiative Panel – Building Livable Communities

  • Hosted by Richard Moccia, Mayor of the City of Norwalk
  • David Kooris, City of Bridgeport
  • Floyd Lapp, SWRPA
  • Michael Pavia, Mayor of the City of Stamford

Find out about projects that are going on in Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford that will create more liveable communities and how these project will improve the health of our cities.

An unprecedented bi-state collaboration of cities, counties and regional planning organizations has come together to launch New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities. This initiative, funded with a $3.5 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, will integrate housing, economic development, transportation and environmental planning. 

The goal of the Consortium is to reposition the New York-Connecticut region to fully harness its innovation capabilities in a competitive global environment, build on its strong foundation of energy efficiency, and become as equitable as it is efficient. Its primary focus is to leverage the most extensive and robust transit system in the nation by developing livable communities with mixed-income housing and employment at key nodes in the MTA Metro-North Railroad and MTA Long Island Rail Road network.

Please check back over the course of the next couple months as this projects embarks on a three-year process to engage a broad range of stakeholders in a conversation about the future of the region and its communities. For more information, contact

More about the Sustainable Communities Initiative:

In Connecticut, four large-scale transit-oriented development projects at key nodes along Metro North's New Haven line will be designed to create a coastal corridor linking centers of innovation and mixed-use, mixed-income development that can provide much of the area's job and housing needs for the next generation:

  • Stamford East Main Street Station: The city will explore the feasibility of constructing a new commuter rail station on its east side, acting as eastern anchor to the Urban Transitway Corridor opposite the city's main station and catalyzing redevelopment of several hundred acres in this transit-rich corridor. The project is part of a comprehensive, citizen-driven action strategy to lay a foundation for long-term economic growth, energy efficiency, environmental quality and reduced economic disparity.

  • South Norwalk TOD: Norwalk will take the first steps towards implementing a recently completed transit-oriented development master plan for the neighborhood of South Norwalk, attracting new investment while retaining quality of life for existing residents and businesses. Outcomes will include increased economic opportunity and mixed-income housing within the South Norwalk neighborhoods, and improved public transit/circulator, pedestrian and bike access to the South Norwalk train station

  • Bridgeport Barnum Station: Bridgeport will explore the feasibility of constructing a new commuter rail station on its east side, acting as a central anchor to the city's east side redevelopment opportunities totaling over 700 acres. The project will provide a regionally-critical second Northeast Corridor rail access point for Connecticut's largest city and promote mixed-use, transit-oriented development and affordable housing around the distressed East End and East Side neighborhoods.

  • New Haven Union Station: The project is intended to convert the existing historic Union Station into a new mixed use intermodal transit-oriented community. As part of a larger plan, the city will move conceptual plans to the implementation phase for structuring parking near the commuter and inter-city rail station to free up land that is currently being used as surface parking for new transit-oriented development.