In mid-2014, Kenneth Boroson Architects was retained by Rippowam Corporation, the development arm of Charter Oak Communities (the Housing Authority of the City of Stamford), to develop Park 215, a new six-story, mixed-income residence, as part of the $135 million revitalization of the Vidal Court community.
The former Vidal Court consisted of 216 rental units in a high-rise structure located in the vicinity of Stamford Hospital. Due to physical deficiencies, environmental hazards, and lack of accessible units, it was demolished in 2013 and is being reconstructed in five phases. Park 215 is Phase 4 of this project, which will ultimately include 360 dwellings at the completion of all five phases.
The building’s lower level includes residential community spaces and management offices, and opens to a courtyard for residents. The four upper floors contain 78 dwellings of one- and two-bedroom units. Approximately 60% are subsidized and 40% are market rate.
The sloping topography of the site allows tenant parking at the lower level. Behind the building, a parking deck at street level accommodates commercial parking.
Designed to current Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) requirements and Energy Star standards, construction was completed in September 2018.
In 2018, Charter Oak Communities was named a "Change Maker" for Park 215, an award given annually by the Stamford 2030 District for high-efficiency buildings.
New construction designed to achieve Energy Star Certification; honored as a “Change Maker” in 2018 by the Stamford 2030 District for construction of high-efficiency buildings
Six-story, mixed-income residential development (78 units) above street-level medical offices
Completed in 2018