Located on the East Side of Stamford, Connecticut, Oak Park is a moderate-rent family community managed by Charter Oak Communities (the Housing Authority of Stamford). It currently consists of 168 garden-style units in 27 buildings, originally constructed in 1947 for World War II veterans. Some elements, such as electrical panels, are original and no longer meet code. Remediation and repair were considered for flooring supports and roofs, but it was determined that demolition and new construction would be the most efficient and cost-effective solution.
Current Oak Park residents were involved in the planning of the new neighborhood, along with Rippowam Corporation, the development arm of Charter Oak Communities, and the design team of Kenneth Boroson Architects, Torti Gallas + Partners, Redniss & Mead and TPA Design.
The project is being completed in several phases. Phase 1 will focus on the construction of one 3-story elevator building and seven townhouse buildings, as well as drainage infrastructure and landscaping. The apartment building will include 26 dwelling units in a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units as well as management offices and community space. The townhouse buildings will consist of 35 two- and three-bedroom units.
Designs will comply with several sustainable and high-performance building standards, including LEED, Energy Star, and HERS. These designs will result in reduced utility use which will yield lower bills for residents.
In April 2023, Phase 1 was awarded 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) funding from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.
Subsequent phases will include 105 additional dwelling units as well as new driveways, parking lots, walkways and parks.
Demolition and new construction
Multi-phase redevelopment – a total of 166 new units, ranging from 1-4 bedrooms in a mix of affordable and market rate
Phase 1: 71,848 gsf – 61 units (apartment building and townhomes)
Phase 1: $27 million