Federal Road has long been a hotbed of retail and service businesses.
From the string of auto dealerships on the southern end of the road in Danbury to the up-and-coming Four Corners area of Brookfield, the road offers an endless array of big box and small businesses. National chains and mom-and-pop shops thrive side by side, taking advantage of the traffic pouring off I-84 and Route 7.
Now, a lesser known and lesser traveled area of Federal Road is expanding its offerings and will help to link the busy retail corridor with the budding Four Corners area. The western side of Federal Road (Route 202), from Junction Road north to the Route 7 intersection, is coming to life with new housing and retail. Read full article.
The wait is almost over for Mark DePaolis and Rich Farm Ice Cream.
DePaolis was one of the first tenants to sign on at Brookfield Village, a mixed-use development on Federal Road at the Four Corners area of Brookfield. He waited patiently and marveled at the progress as the old buildings came down and new ones went up.
DePaolis will open his ice cream shop on Monday as Phase I of Brookfield Village is nearly complete. While most of the residential units are already occupied, Rich Farm will be the second retail tenant to open. Subway opened earlier this month.
“I love the location. I just had to wait until it was ready,” he said. “I love what they are doing with this area and their long-term plans. It will be a destination for this area.” Read full article.
Brookfield, Connecticut is the perfect place to live, play, raise a family and run your business. A 20 square mile town, located in Fairfield County in southwestern Conn., Brookfield is a quintessential New England town. Strategically located between metropolitan areas ofNYC, New Haven, Hartford and Boston, make Brookfield an appealing location for industry to move their products with ease. Vehicular access exists along Interstate 84, running east west from Pennsylvania through Brookfield to Hartford onto Boston. US Rtes. 7, 25 and 202 intersect 1-84 within Brookfield. It’s convenient proximity to interstate highways, air and rail transportation along with a highly skilled work force make Brookfield a great place to do business. Read full article.
A blighted property on Station Road could be a snag in efforts to revitalize the downtown.
Brookfield will ask the owner to clean up the former dry cleaners at 20 Station Road, a 2.3-acre property in the Town Center, where the town, the state and several developers are pouring millions into building sidewalks and housing to attract shoppers and new residents.
But since the building was condemned in 2011, the lot has become a “dumping ground” for trash, lowering surrounding property values, First Selectman Steve Dunn said. He said the Blight Committee plans to ask the owner to fix or tear down the building.
“We would like it to reflect the quality and style of the surrounding neighborhood,” Dunn said. Read full article.
Brookfield’s long-gestating cosmetic changes are getting ready to be officially unveiled, its Brookfield Village development has hit the halfway mark of completion, and plenty of new businesses are moving in.
“Our slogan is, ‘Brookfield is open for business’ — and this really proves it,” said Betsy Paynter, the town’s economic and community development manager. Read full article.
The opening of the Subway restaurant in Brookfield Village later this month will mark another milestone in the revitalization of the Four Corners area as the first commercial tenant to open in the long-awaited mixed-use development.
Subway franchisees Ashwin and Mindy Patel will move a few dozen yards from their location at 814 Federal Road to a corner space in one of the four buildings that will make up Brookfield Village. Read full article.
Five Guys burger restaurant is constructing a new location next to Kohl’s in Brookfield. Five Guys had been across the street in a standalone location for 10 years before closing late in 2017.
The new restaurant will feature Five Guys’ new flagship design and be about 3,000 square feet. The former location at 121 Federal Road is still vacant. Read full article.
Mark Eckstein, a Brookfield resident, used iconic images of the town for banners on the new lamp posts.
“The Town of Brookfield would like to thank Mark for his artistic talent and contribution to the evolving Town Center streetscape,” the town said in a release.
“Brookfield is one of the first municipalities in the Danbury area to commit to Sustainable CT, an initiative that aims to promote economic development and encourage collaboration between communities.
Sustainable CT launched in November with financial support from three Connecticut foundations – the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the Common Sense Fund and the Hampshire Foundation.”
Brookfield’s Town Center has been recently highlighted in The News Times: “The first phase of Brookfield’s new downtown redevelopment project is nearly complete, and town officials are working to secure money needed to move onto the next phase.
Crews are expected to put the final touches on the $3.5 million first phase of the Brookfield Town Center, which includes sidewalks, lampposts and other amenities, by Dec. 15.”