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NEIGHBORHOODS – What’s going on in your part of Stamford – by MARTIN CASSIDY

SNA President Chris Reid and Board member Steve Garst with Jim Travers on Hope Street.

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Stamford transportation chief Jim Travers, left, stands on the east corner of Hope Street near Largo Drive talking to Springdale Neighborhood Association President Chris Reid, center, and Steve Garst, vice president of the association.


City transportation planner Jim Travers sized up the Hope Street crosswalk near the Springdale train station last week and suggested new flashing lights and realignment could improve pedestrian safety.

Travers said he came to the spot to meet Spring-dale Neighborhood Association President Chris Reid and Vice President Steve Garst to develop safety improvements after two men were struck by a truck in the crosswalk last month.

Travers said he plans to install rapid rectangular flashing beacons on both sides of the street to alert motorists of the crosswalk. He is also considering adding a section of sidewalk near the crosswalk to eliminate an area where cars usually idle while waiting to pick up commuters. Travers said cars in this spot block the view of pedestrians crossing the street.

“We basically want to look at what are some short-term things we can do here,” Travers said. “I’d like to do something relatively quickly.”

Travers said he wants to have a badly eroded crosswalk at Hope Street and Largo Drive repainted. During his visit, several commuters crossed during evening rush hour traffic on Hope Street outside of a crosswalk on the northern side of Largo Drive.

“There are maybe a couple of other things we can do, but first we want to highlight they should be in the crosswalk,” Travers said.

The two men who were struck told police they entered the crosswalk before they saw a northbound truck speed by them. Moments later, they were struck by a GMC pickup truck driving in the opposite direction.

PARKing Day Popup Garden in Springdale

duskinpopupgarden9-16-16 16, 2016 — Trial street garden 12 – 8 pm. Carroll St between Knapp/Mulberry. View the article in the Advocate about this event!

Car burglaries a growing concern in Stamford neighborhood

By Martin B. Cassidy Published 10:40 pm, Thursday, March 9, 2017
STAMFORD — A series of car burglaries over the past seven months in one city neighborhood mirrors a statewide trend of young thieves stealing to maintain their drug habits, police said.

“It’s not just heroin, but there are doctors who have been writing scripts for kids. We’ve been getting tough on those doctors and arresting them so they are more prudent about who they give prescriptions,” Stamford Police Chief Jon Fontneau said. “That’s who’s breaking into our cars [kids], and it isn’t just here, it is the whole state.”

Fontneau and Capt. Sue Bretthauer met with about 30 Springdale and Glenbrook residents Wednesday night at Twin Rinks to discuss the recent surge in car burglaries and crime in the area. There were 63 reported car burglaries — [all but 3] of unlocked vehicles — in Springdale between Sept. 16 and March 6.  View the rest of the article in the Advocate .

 Talk on small business in Springdale Thursday night

By Martin B. Cassidy Published 10:43 am, Tuesday, October 11, 2016

SPRINGDALE—Brenda Cerezo is among the business owners concerned about the density of commercial and residential development making Hope Street less accessible to customers.

Parts of the project, which included widening Hope Street, have damaged parts of the sidewalk, according to the owner of Cerezo Salon at 1091 Hope St.

“There is insufficient parking for the amount of commercial need,” said Cerezo, who has owned the business for 18 years. “Springdale used to be a small town, but now it is growing so much that there are no parking spaces on Hope Street.”

Springdale merchants plan to discuss the area’s business climate at the next Springdale Neighborhood Association’s meeting at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the Weed Memorial & Hollander Branch at 1143 Hope St.

Thomas Madden, Stamford’s director of economic development, is expected to lead a discussion on small business in Springdale and speak about new economic development initiatives in the city.

Springdale Neighborhood Association President Christine Reid said SNA invited Madden because the association is trying to be more supportive of small businesses in the neighborhood. Reid said there are many businesses operating out of homes and non-storefronts that need help promoting themselves. “There are many more businesses than meet the eye and I would like to help businesses and customers find each other so more people — and businesses — can get their supplies and services from other Springdale sources,” Reid said.

Stamford nears completion on Springdale improvements | The Stamford Times


Times Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 9:00 pm

STAMFORD — A Springdale public improvement project, a decade in the making, is nearing its completion.

City officials held a dedication ceremony on Wednesday for the Hope Street Improvement Project at State Cinema in Springdale.

The $4.2 million project, which began construction in April, aims to improve safety for pedestrians and motor vehicles in a highly trafficked area.

The project spans nearly a half-mile on Hope Street between Northill Street and Weed Hill Avenue. The improvements will primarily provide road widening and sidewalk installations along the route.

“It will set the benchmark for the village of Springdale,” said outgoing Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia. “The idea was to improve traffic but do it in a way that it would activate the economic development of this corridor. This is a very powerful corridor. It’s a part of the last remaining village in Stamford so we need to do everything to enhance it.”

The project route includes eight intersecting side streets, many of which will be enhanced with through lanes and turning lanes. To further ease traffic congestion, turn lanes will be added going into Springdale Elementary School.

“There’s a lot of complexity to it. There’s intersections that have traffic signal replacements, new sidewalks and drainage improvements,” said City Engineer Louis Casolo.

To improve the street appearance, the area between the curb line and sidewalk will be constructed with brick pavers. The sidewalk will be reconstructed on both sides of Hope Street and Camp Street and a new sidewalk will be provided on the north side of Greenway Street, according to city officials.

Safety improvements include addition of granite stone curbing throughout the project to better define the travel way and to protect pedestrians.

The project is about 90 percent complete and is expected to be finished by August 2014, according to Casolo.

Prior to construction, the city coordinated with several utility companies to complete underground work in preparation of the project.

The city worked with AT&T, Verizon, CL&P and Yankee Gas to relocate services before construction.

“Disruptions to utility services were minimal and usually took place early morning or late at night,” said Michael Rosenblatt, a Department of Transportation engineer, who managed the day-to-day operations of the project.

Despite the construction, traffic was kept to a minimum as well.

“It is quite difficult with the amount of traffic this area gets, especially with the school right up the street, said Rosenblatt.

Every morning, traffic was very heavy but we make it work. We try to keep every lane open. Our number one goal is to keep everyone safe.”

The improvements were funded through federal, state and local governments.

City Rep. Mary Fedeli, who represents the Springdale district, said the project received initial funding for road widening when a post office was added 10 years ago.

City officials credited city Traffic Engineer Mani Poola in securing most of the project’s funding. New trees are expected to be added during Spring. A plaque commemorating the project will be mounted on the corner of Northill and Hope Streets.

The Springdale Neighborhood Association, along with Fedeli, was pivotal in bringing the need for the project to the city’s attention.

“The reason we became involved is because our responsibilities are safety and beautification, said Jennifer McKeon, president of Springdale Neighborhood Association.

“We want this to be a place where people want to live and spend money.”

“It was very long-term but this is a happy ending to this project,” added Phyllis Pugliesi, a neighborhood association member.

Springdale Feature in the New York Times.

Check out the 7/30/2013 article on Springdale in the NY Times.