STAMFORD, CT – Pacific Street in Stamford is about to get a facelift.
On Tuesday, Gov. Ned Lamont announced that the state is giving $45 million to 12 municipalities under the new Connecticut Communities Challenge grant program. The funds are intended to stimulate the vibrancy and livability of the community.
Approximately $2.5 million is earmarked for Stamford, which will be used with Scrap Works LLC to upgrade underused Pacific Street properties (553, 571, 575, 583 and 670 Pacific Street) to create a beer garden. year-round and a food truck lot, an authentic German brewery, cafe, social coworking space, pilot brewery and tasting room and event space, according to an announcement from Lamont.
The project will also create affordable retail opportunities by building the basic infrastructure required for potential future tenants such as furniture, fixtures, investment in equipment, rental credits, art and more. .
The award was given to this project because of its goal to create a bustling commercial area that increases foot traffic, prioritizes streetscape improvements while preserving and reinvesting the historic buildings of Pacific Street.
There is no timetable yet for the launch of the initiative, according to Lauren Meyer, spokesperson for Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons.
“I am delighted that the City of Stamford has received this grant,” Simmons said in a press release. “The Scrap Works initiative will invest in affordable retail opportunities for residents and revitalize underutilized properties to create a variety of mixed-use spaces for work and play. I want to thank Governor Ned Lamont and Commissioner of Economic and Community Development (David) Lehman and his team for their focus on investing in projects that improve the vibrancy and quality of life for the people of Connecticut The City of Stamford looks forward to working with Scrap Works about this exciting company.
Loren Nadres, Stamford’s director of economic development, echoed those sentiments and said the city was “thrilled” the initiative had been funded.
“The unique vision of this project is aligned with the mayor’s priority to build a more inclusive, dynamic and innovative city,” she said.
Conor Horrigan, creator of the Scrap Works Initiative, said a study of the South End neighborhood commissioned in 2018 found that a main street in the neighborhood was desired.
“The Scrap Works initiative is designed to bring this vision to life by taking existing and often vacant buildings and properties on Pacific Street that ooze character and history, cleaning and redesigning them, and bringing in small, scrappy businesses that give this community a feel and vibe,” Horrigan said in a press release. “This new ‘Main Street’ will preserve the character of the South End and help Stamford in its aim to become one of the best cities in the United States”
This is the first round of funding under the new Community Challenge Grant program, which is administered by the DECD TC. The second round is expected to launch in the fall of 2022, and the DECD is expected to award up to $100 million in grants over the next few years.
“Investing in our communities is a key part of our plan to accelerate sustainable and equitable economic development in Connecticut,” Lamont said in a press release.
“This new grant program we’ve launched will have far-reaching impacts as we emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever, creating new jobs, improving the vibrancy and quality of life in our neighborhoods, and making every corner of the state even more attractive for investment and opportunity.”