STAMFORD, Conn. – Developers broke ground Tuesday on a project across from the Stamford Town Center that will finally fill the infamous site known as the "hole in the ground."
What will be built to fill that hole, which has been a blight in downtown Stamford for nearly 50 years? A housing development known as Stamford Urby, which will include hundreds of apartments.
Developers said Stamford Urby will reinvent the rental housing market in downtown Stamford. The 4.3-acre site is at Greyrock Place and Tresser Boulevard.
“We are excited that the Urby concept is coming to Stamford as it has been a key addition to other vibrant communities like ours,” said Stamford Mayor David Martin.
“This is an important project for Stamford and the planning for development on this site began several decades ago. My administration has worked hard to move this project along and we are happy that we are finally filling the infamous ‘hole in the ground.’"
The groundbreaking ceremony was led by project developer Ironstate Development Co., a Hoboken, N.J.-based real estate firm, and joint venture partner Brookfield Property Group.
Stamford Urby will be completed in two phases and feature nearly 650 apartments spread across 11 buildings.
Designed in a square-like shape, 10 of the 11 residential buildings will be connected on the outside. One building at the center will jet out in the middle.
The first phase of Stamford Urby consists of nine buildings, which together will house 464 rental apartments.
“Stamford and this location in particular have everything we look for when scouting new Urby locations,” said David Barry, president of Ironstate.
Other Urby properties in Staten Island, Jersey City and Harrison, N.J.
“Stamford has a vibrant and diversified economy that attracts young professionals similar to other Urby developments in New York and New Jersey. Urby’s proximity to the waterfront, walkability and access to mass transit will introduce a new lifestyle that hasn’t been seen in the Stamford residential market,” Barry said.
Stamford Urby will feature smartly designed residences –which include studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments –and communal spaces that encourage opportunities for neighbors to meet and interact.
The apartments offer style and functionality with such amenities as built-in wardrobes, storage spaces, bookshelves, window treatments, lighting and wi-fi.
The bathrooms and kitchens feature quality finishes, and every apartment comes with a washer/dryer.
Residents will also have keyless building and apartment entry through smart technology systems.
Other amenities at Stamford Urby will include a gym, a landscaped courtyard with fire pits and a saltwater swimming pool, as well as a communal kitchen that will host culinary classes, wine tastings and events.
Additionally, a café with outdoor seating will be located at the entrance, and 550 parking spots will be available to residents.
Construction for the second phase is expected to start late 2019 and will include the remaining 184 homes and two buildings.
For updates on Stamford Urby and more information on the Urby brand, visit www.urby.com .
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