Charter Oak Communities (COC), Housing Authority of the City of Stamford, CT, hosted a formal groundbreaking ceremony for Greenfield, a 45-unit mixed-income residential development to be built on Merrell Avenue, in Stamford (14 to 100 Merrell Ave.). The project will be completed by fall 2014.
Greenfield is part of a comprehensive, $135 million multi-phase replacement of an obsolete and deteriorated 216-unit rental apartment complex developed in 1955 under the State Moderate Rental Program. Since 2006, Urban Engineers (Urban) has been the construction monitor for these projects. “We conduct an open solicitation for construction monitoring for every project, and Urban Engineers has been selected as the superior team each time,” said COC’s Jonathan Gottlieb, Vice President. “We have been very satisfied with the Urban Engineers’ team.”
According to Vincent J. Tufo, Executive Director and CEO of COC, Greenfield, like the other residential communities the organization has built over the past decade, is being designed architecturally to fit comfortably within the neighborhood footprint. It will complement existing architecture in that area, and supports ongoing integrated development effort on the City’s West Side, in cooperation with Stamford Hospital and other local partners.
“We have always been committed to creating financially sustainable, affordable and attractive mixed economic and demographically blended communities that also fit the culture, ambiance and landscape of surrounding neighborhoods,” Tufo explained. “There’s a great need for residences that serve our City’s fixed- and moderate-income residents, service and office workers. Greenfield is being built to help accommodate people from these groups, and also features market-rate housing.”
COC’s complex and high quality developments are on a tight budget, with many private and public funders watching every construction and operating dollar closely. Urban’s Azad Kareem, PE, who has been the Construction Inspector and On-site Monitor for all three phases, plays a key role in helping COC meet expectations. “We rely on Azad to be our eyes and ears on the job site and to protect our interests and those of our multiple public and private funding sources,” said Gottlieb. “The contractors appreciate Azad’s fairness and thoroughness, analytical ability, and excellent reporting and record keeping. With his help, our developments have won awards and also full acceptance by the broader community.”