The East Side Partnership held its first Neighborhood Meeting of 2016 on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The meeting was at Chelsea Piers CT with many business owners, property owners, community partners and leaders attending the event. Katie Travia, the Executive Director, welcomed the audience and gave a neighborhood update. Clark’s Hill Shopping Center remains vacant along East Main Street, but the plan for that space is to renovate the space and bring in new tenants in mid to late 2016. The former Just Cats building will be opening in the next few weeks as a drive-thru convenience store for coffee, milk, eggs, grocery items and more. We will post updates about it as we receive it. The East Side Partnership continues to work to bring together prospective business owners with property owners.
The East Side Partnership has goals for 2016 that revolve around revitalization projects, training/programs and special events in addition to serving as a neighborhood advocate for the East Side of Stamford. The larger project that the East Side Partnership will be focusing on is revitalizing Courtland Park. We have applied for a grant to rebuild the playground at the park. We are excited about this opportunity and will keep everyone posted as our plans progress with this. We will need support from the community in terms of building, gathering supplies, feeding volunteers and more. Below are a few events that are coming up as well with the East Side Partnership, and all events are posted on our events page as well.
East Side Professional Development Training: Wednesday, April 20th from 6:30PM – 8PM. Join us to learn how to craft a professional resume and use LinkedIn effectively to find a job.
East Side Spring Clean-Up Day: Saturday, April 23rd at 9AM. Meet us at Domus School to clean our neighborhood for Spring. Bring an employee, coworker or neighbor!
Francis Cronin Field Naming: Saturday, May 7th from 11AM – 1PM. Please join us in this special event to honor Francis Cronin by naming the field at Domus after him. The event will include food, entertainment and a kickball game with the Stamford Police Department and Trailblazers Academy.
Captain Brian McElligott gave an update about the police activity around Stamford and particularly the East Side. The audience had the opportunity to ask questions, which revolved around parking concerns, recent events in Stamford and illegal dumping.
Ann Brown and Laura Labosky from the Stamford Urban Transitway Project Team gave an update in regards to the construction on East Main Street and Myrtle Avenue. Construction will resume on Monday, April 4, 2016 along both roads. The team is currently setting up traffic patterns. Along East Main Street, the sidewalks along the north side of the street will be re-constructed. New traffic signals and brick crosswalks will be installed the Lockwood and Myrtle intersections. The construction on East Main Street is targeted to be completed in the fall of 2017. Along Myrtle Avenue, new drainage, sewers and water/gas/electric lines will be installed on Myrtle Avenue as it was along East Main Street. The construction will start along the east side of the street. The east side construction will be done by the fall timeframe. The west side construction of Myrtle Avenue will start in the spring of 2017 and go until the fall of 2017. For the businesses losing on street parking, the city is continuing to work through solutions. The 2 solutions will be the current construction staging areas along East Main Street / Maple Avenue as well as Myrtle Ave / Elm Street. Traffic patterns will impact the East Side during this construction, but the city will monitor and address issues during this timeframe.
Jim Grunberger, the Chairman of the East Side Partnership, gave the closing remarks highlighting some of the clean-up efforts being completed by high school students in Stamford on the weekends. Following a Q/A session, he thanked the audience for their time and asking for their continued participation and support of the organization.