VITA Health and Wellness District

Strategic Plan


  • Charter Oak Communities
  • Housing Authority of Stamford


  • Madden Planning Group
  • Development Strategies
  • Reisen Design Associates
  • Tripp Umbach
  • Balance Health Communications
  • Design Destill

The Challenge

Anchor institutions place pressures on their surroundings. Hospitals, in particular, create tensions with their host communities. Stamford’s Westside is the most diverse and economically-challenged neighborhood in the city. Stillwater Avenue, the community’s main commercial corridor, is poised for transformation as the region’s primary hospital doubles its footprint.


A new Health and Wellness building provides fitness, education and training along an open space setback linking the hospital expansion to an existing community garden.

The Results

New mixed-income housing has replaced obsolete public housing towers that were arrayed around the broader geography.

Fairgate Farm

Mixed-use development along Stillwater