First Selectman Mike Tetreau is pleased to announce that Fairfield is one of 16 communities in Connecticut to receive a Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant in the amount of $300,000 for drainage and pedestrian improvements in and around Sherman Green in downtown Fairfield to mitigate flooding risks, improve pedestrian safety and upgrade the appearance of this public green space.
The project, which has the support of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and local businesses, will benefit the downtown area which is home to more than 500 businesses which contribute significantly to the economic vitality of the Town.
First Selectman Tetreau said, “The Town is very appreciative that we are one of a handful of municipalities in the state to receive this grant. This crucial funding will not only reduce flooding and improve safety in this well-traveled area, but it will also help keep Fairfield’s local economy thriving. I also wish to thank Fairfield’s State Delegation for helping the Town secure this important funding.”
Given this area has been plagued by frequent flooding because of inadequate storm water detention capacity, the Town will construct an underground storm water detention and infiltration system on Sherman Green. This system will enhance the existing storm water retention capacity, especially during peak rain events, and will help alleviate flooding conditions. The Town also plans to install additional catch basins, manholes and drainage pipe along Sanford Street and on surrounding streets.
Additionally, the Town intends to upgrade the pedestrian sidewalks and common areas on Sherman Green to provide important connections to the adjoining public parking area, businesses and amenities in the downtown area. These proposed improvements are consistent with recommendations in the Fairfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The new sidewalks will meet ADA requirements and address safety concerns.
While the Town’s main focus is drainage improvements and additional detention capacity, funding will also be used for landscaping to enhance the aesthetic appeal of Sherman Green.
State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey said, “The combined efforts of the town and state delegation over many years have led to this successful outcome for the town. We are grateful for this infrastructure funding.”
“This is exactly the type of project STEAP grants should be used for,” said State Representative Brenda Kupchick.
Former State Senator John McKinney said, "I am pleased that our efforts have finally paid off."
The photo shows Engineering Manager Bill Hurley and First Selectman Mike Tetreau.