City of Stamford, Connecticut, Stamford, CT
Enhancing village centers through innovative TOD strategies
The villages of Glenbrook and Springdale in Stamford, CT envelop two active rail stations along Metro-North’s New Canaan Branch Line. The TOD Plan by Goody Clancy highlights significant opportunities in each village to create a mix of uses that will promote vitality and support local businesses. Potential new housing units around both stations in the next 5 to 7 years, in parallel with key pedestrian, bike, and parking improvements will transform the station areas into more walkable, bikable, accessible places. Key zoning refinements outlined in the Plan have been approved by the City in order to remove barriers to investment, attracting significant attention from local developers who are advancing new projects in the area.
Residents, business owners, and stakeholders from Glenbrook and Springdale participated in six community meetings over the course of 18 months and their input is embraced within the Plan recommendations:
- Promote near-term TOD opportunities on underutilized parcels near the Metro-North stations to “fill the gaps” and create walkable places
- Maintain the existing station parking lots for parking in the long-term – in Springdale, seek near-term surface parking expansion to accommodate current and future demand
- Implement critical streetscape improvements on Glenbrook Road and Hope Street as an extension of recent public streetscape investment
- Expand the Village Commercial District boundaries in both places to foster new synergies and create cohesive and connected TOD villages