ConnDOT: Replacement of Stamford Parking Garage
General

Replacement of Stamford Parking Garage

Fact:

Parking adjacent to the station provides 1,927 spaces for monthly and daily commuter parkers. 

 

The Problem:

  1. The older portion of the garage complex, provides 727 spaces or a little over 1/3 of the total spaces, requires expensive yearly maintenance.
  2. The results of in-depth condition studies in 2006 and 2010 showed that repairing the older portion would cost about the same as replacing this portion while only extending its life a short time before needing additional repairs.  Building a new garage could last 50 years. Repairing the 727 space garage portion would be equally disruptive to commuters as replacement.

Goals:

  1. Replace the 727 space portion of the existing garage with 1000 or more spaces with a goal of being within an acceptable walking distance to the Stamford Station Concourse.
  2. Minimize the disruption to the commuters at the station
  3. Provide alternate parking within a 1/4 mile radius of the station prior to demolition of original 727 space garage and construction of 1000 new spaces.
  4. Maintain the connection and full use of the 1200 space garage adjacent to the station during construction and after.
  5. Maintain ground access (taxi, bus, pedestrian, and bicycle) to the station.
  6. Construct replacement parking in the shortest time period.

 

Possible Solutions: (In all cases, the 1200 space garage and pedestrian bridge to platform remains)

  1. Repair or Replace the garage in place – The Department would need to provide alternate parking for 700-800 spaces.
    • Disadvantage - Available temporary parking in the vicinity is scattered among six or seven sites. Shuttle service would need to be provided but there is not enough room to provide adequate service for passengers.
    • Advantage – Completed parking would be as close as it is now.
  2. Build a new garage on available land as close to the station as possible before demolishing the 727 space portion.
    • Disadvantage – There is no available land adjacent to the station that is either undeveloped or not being developed. The cost of property would be very high and there are no available funds to both purchase the land and build the garage.
    • Advantage – Minimal disruption to commuters.
  3. Take advantage of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Legislation and partner with a Developer to provide the needed parking close to the station, as part of a larger improvement to both the State’s property and property owned by the Developer.
    • Disadvantage – The new parking may or may not be at the current location, but must still be within 1,300 feet of the station.
    • Advantage – Replacement parking for commuters will be provided before work begins on demolishing the existing garage.
    • Advantage – A new garage with additional spaces and amenities near the station within available funding.
    • Advantage – Disruption to commuters could be shorter than the first two options.