“The whole town has really gotten behind what we’re doing,” said Betsy Paynter, Brookfield Economic and Community Development manager. Once the town adopted its Plan of Conservation and Development in 2015, she said, “We all rolled up our sleeves to start work on achieving what everyone wants to see.”
Brookfield has seen a busy construction season this spring/summer. There’s development happening in most corners of town. The Brookfield Town Center streetscape broke ground in June; completion is due by end of 2017. Sidewalk, bike lanes, cross walks, granite curbing and more are currently being installed. Also within the Town Center, Brookfield Village is changing the landscape of the 4 corner intersection, bringing residential and commercial tenants to the area. The first season of the Still River Greenway has brought residents out for exercise and gathering with neighbors to enjoy nature along the Still River.
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Located in Fairfield County in southwestern CT, a 20 square mile town, Brookfield is a quintessential New England town. Being strategically located between metropolitan areas of NYC, New Haven, Hartford and Boston, makes 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 and onto Boston. U.S. Rtes. 7, 25 and 202 intersect I-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.
“Candlewood Plaza Shopping Center, at the intersection of Candlewood Lake Road and Federal Road, plans to switch two major tenants and add a standalone Burger King.”
On August 2, Brookfield was featured in The New York Times: “In addition to the lakes, with their swimming beaches, boat launches, private marinas and glorious vistas, Brookfield is home to 1,300 acres of open space and parks that include sports fields, playgrounds and trails like the new Still River Greenway, a two-mile, paved walkway. At the Municipal Center, a seasonal farmers’ market is held on Friday afternoons, followed by outdoor concerts that . . . often attract audiences of 1,000.”
“Accessible from two exits off Interstate 84, Brookfield is less than an hour’s drive from Hartford and Stamford, in Connecticut, and White Plains, N.Y.” “Commuters to Manhattan, 70 miles southwest, can drive about 20 miles into New York to catch Metro-North Railroad’s Harlem line at the Southeast, Brewster or Purdys stations.”
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“Our vision of creating a pedestrian-friendly streetscape and roadway improvements in a newly revitalized Town Center reached two new milestones.
The CT DOT approved the bid package for Phase 1 and it was advertised in the News-Times, the Town’s website and the State Contracting portal. The Town held a mandatory pre-bid meeting for interested contractors on April 25th which 12 companies attended. Bids are due May 12th. Construction will begin in June and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.
The Town has received formal confirmation from CT DOT that our TAP grant application for Phase 2 has been approved, with their funding increased from $475,000 to $865,000, a huge win! This funding, along with a Town match of $475,000, fully funds Phase 2 which connects Phase 1 to the Still River Greenway. Brookfield is the first Town in CT to have a TAP grant approved. The RFP to begin engineering design work will be issued in early May 2017. Construction target date is 2019.
Brookfield Village, buildings one and four are moving along nicely, with completion due this fall. Residential and commercial tenants will begin to occupy the buildings soon afterwards. Brookfield Village buildings two and three, where old Mother Earth and Subway buildings are located, will begin construction after buildings one and four are completed.
Brookfield Town Center is experiencing increased interest. Property owners are looking to enhance their structures, vacant commercial land is on the market for sale and business owners are gathering together to create a business association to strengthen the business district. This is a great time for Brookfield!
As always, any questions about The Town Center revitalization development, you can contact Greg Dembowski, Project Manager @ 203-740-3865, GDembowski@brookfieldct.gov or Betsy Paynter, Economic & Community Development Manager @ 203-775-5235, firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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“The streetscape, which will be done in three phases, will include sidewalks, improved lighting and planters. Eight utility poles will be moved to not disrupt the flow of the sidewalk. The state also approved 27 new parallel parking spots. Greg Dembowski, project manager, said bids are due by May 12. The bids will be compiled and recommendations given to the state DOT. Dembowski said he expects work to start in June and be completed by November, around the same time as Phase One of Brookfield Village.”
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“Plans are for the Four Corners development to include removing eight utility poles and several existing buildings to construct four mixed-use buildings under the “Brookfield Village” moniker. That $25 million development will have first floors reserved for commercial use while the top two floors will consist of one- and two-bedroom apartments and total 72 units. Each floor would be about 25,000 square feet. The new buildings – half of which are expected to be completed by this fall, with the rest completed by fall 2018 – will be set far enough back from the street to allow for sidewalks.”
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“In February, voters authorized the town to borrow up to $1.7 million for the first phase of the project to beautify the Four Corners. The project includes sidewalks, planters and other amenities at the intersection of Federal and Station roads. Grants will cover the rest of the $3.5 million.”
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