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Money For Metro: Fairfield Wins State Grant For Transit-Oriented Planning

Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy discuss the potential for development around the Fairfield Metro train station in 2016.
Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy discuss the potential for development around the Fairfield Metro train station in 2016. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

FAIRFIELD, Conn. โ€” Town leaders hope to create a vision for future development around the Fairfield Metro train station, thanks to a $200,000 state planning grant.

The Connecticut Office of Policy and Management gave Fairfield the grant to look into options in the Commerce Drive area.

โ€œSince its opening, Fairfield has made steady progress in capitalizing on the centerโ€™s potential as an engine for economic growth,โ€ said First Selectman Mike Tetreau. โ€œYoung people and businesses place a high value on walkable, transit-oriented communities, and we need to be meeting that demand.โ€

State Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey supported the townโ€™s request for funding.

โ€œThese funds provide a tremendous opportunity for Fairfield to partner with community stakeholders, private developers and local residents to build on successful development in the area, such as the newly opened Trademark Apartments,โ€ McCarthy Vahey said.

Fairfield received $750,000 through the OPM program in 2016 to replace 3,000 feet of sewer lines near the train station.

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