Reed Putnam Revitalization Project
The Reed Putnam Revitalization Project in Norwalk, CT encompasses many of the elements of responsible growth that the state values most. The project consists of rehabilitation and redevelopment of a 70-acre urban renewal area adjacent to the Norwalk River. The project takes a mixed-use approach to development - integrating housing, retail, and commercial space with cultural attractions like the Norwalk Aquarium. The project is considered a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) because it provides residents with direct access to different transportation modes including rail. In addition, improvement to the Reed Street railroad underpass will provide better access into SoNo, Heritage Park, the Norwalk riverfront and the Maritime Aquarium, while simultaneously providing traffic relief for West Avenue. Other infrastructure improvements include: widening West Avenue, significant on and off ramp improvements for I-95 and Route 7, new and wider sidewalks, and the location of utilities underground, all of which are designed to enable the project to work effectively within the context of the city. The project also includes construction of the Maritime Parking Garage, extension of Pine Street, Brownfield remediation and improvements to Heritage Park.
The Reed Putnam Revitalization Project represents an important step in the economic revitalization of the City's West Avenue corridor. In addition to promoting key components of the state's economic development agenda, the Reed Putnam Revitalization project also highlights how public investments can be leveraged to maximize state dollars. A $20 million Special Act administered by DECD for infrastructure improvements in the area is expected to attract more than $500 million in private investment.