BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust (BNT) on Monday officially opened Westgate, a 48-unit apartment complex that’s part of a mini-neighborhood the agency has dubbed “Downtown West.”
Located next to the Walgreen’s at the corner of State Street and West Avenue, the new 61,552-square-foot, five-story building include two ground-floor commercial spaces and four floors of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.
“Westgate represents the second building that we have completed in what we call the Downtown West neighborhood,” said BNT CEO Elizabeth Torres. “We’re one step closer to making this neighborhood really come to life.”
New Neighborhoods Inc. is a partner on the project.
Renting for $415 to $1,600, each apartment at Westgate has a fully applianced kitchen, living room, full bath, central air, off-street parking and access to an outdoor courtyard.
Westgate replaces a vacant grassy area not far from the Bridgeport YMCA and near BNT’s flagship site, Gateway Apartments on State Street.
The downtown area just west of Route 25/8 has long been a forgotten corner of the city, abandoned by many businesses and known for squatters and blight, according to BNT.
BNT is actively cultivating the area, attempting to build a new neighborhood featuring homes and businesses that will cater to urban living.
In addition to Westgate and Gateway, BNT has created Winter’s Residence on Fairfield Avenue, West Liberty Commons, which is in development on the corner of West and West Liberty avenues, and 601-611 State Street, a planned 55-unit site nearby.
“This is fitting of the holiday season and recognizes the contributions that all our veterans make,” said Mayor Joe Ganim, who was at Monday’s ribbon cutting. “It’s heartwarming and it’s nice to see that we’re doing as much as we can to support our veterans.”
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