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.
Establishing a health-focused community at the doorstep of the new Stamford Hospital campus helps both the institution and the neighborhood flourish. Flanking the hospital entrance is a vibrant mixed-use building that houses health-oriented retail, a fitness center, and workforce training programs. A lively, working farm on the other makes a visible statement – literal and metaphorical – about the hospital’s commitment to health and wellness. A shared parking facility enhances the ability of local businesses to succeed and also provides additional parking for hospital employees and visitors.