Perkins Eastman's 60 Main Street in Bridgeport, CT, Receives $2M in Competitive Funding From DECD for Resiliency Design

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Governor Malloy Recognized Award Recipients at a Ceremony in Seaside Park, On the Waterfront Project Site of 60 Main

60 Main Street, Seaside Park, main rendering

The 60 Main Street project incorporates state-of-the-art resiliency and regeneration strategies that will make this a key part of Bridgeport’s revival as a destination city. - Peter Cavaluzzi FAIA

In a ceremony held yesterday in Seaside Park on Bridgeport Harbor, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has awarded a total of $27 million in grants and loans for 20 brownfield remediation and redevelopment projects located throughout the state. Among those projects singled out was 60 Main Street, LLC, a 12-acre mixed-use development that borders Long Island Sound, and for which Perkins Eastman is serving as Architect. The project was awarded a loan in the amount of $2 million to develop and rejuvenate the prime waterfront parcel.

A significant portion of these funds will be devoted to climate resilient building initiatives, to be implemented throughout this initial phase of the Bridgeport development, including raising residential and commercial spaces eight feet above the flood plain. Phase 1 of 60 Main Street, which is currently under construction, will include approximately 250 new residential units and 20,000 sf of new retail space. The overall development proposes 1,200 residential units in the Seaside Park/University of Bridgeport neighborhood.

Design Principal Peter Cavaluzzi was in attendance at Wednesday’s ceremony. In his remarks to the crowd gathered he said, “The 60 Main Street project, located right here on this beautiful part of [Long Island] Sound, incorporates state-of-the-art resiliency and regeneration strategies that will make this a key part of Bridgeport’s revival as a destination city.” He continued, “This development will include a contemporary mix of loft materials to build on the waterfront’s industrial heritage.” Markets and cafes will be situated along the newly landscaped terraces, plus a new walkway that hugs the Sound, making Seaside Park a major attraction that reconnects the city with its waterfront.

All projects were rated and ranked with the utmost scrutiny by an inter-agency committee based on criteria which evaluated each applicant’s financial needs, the project’s overall feasibility, and the project’s consistency with responsible growth and livability initiatives. 60 Main Street will be an iconic urban development that expands upon existing residential and commercial space. Perkins Eastman’s design scheme envisions a dynamic and varied bay front property that will attract new residents, businesses, and year-round activity; all things that have been largely absent from much of Bridgeport’s coastline for some time. The design team is led by Principals Peter Cavaluzzi FAIA, Stuart Lachs AIA, LEED AP, and Associate Principal Hilary Bertsch AIA.

About Perkins Eastman
Perkins Eastman is among the top design and architecture firms in the world. With 800 employees in 13 locations around the globe, Perkins Eastman practices at every scale of the built environment. From niche buildings to complex projects that enrich whole communities, the firm’s portfolio reflects a dedication to progressive and inventive design that enhances the quality of the human experience. The firm’s portfolio includes high-end residential, commercial, hotels, retail, office buildings, and corporate interiors, to schools, hospitals, museums, senior living, and public sector facilities. Perkins Eastman provides award-winning design through its offices in North America (New York, NY; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh, PA; San Francisco, CA; Stamford, CT; Toronto, Canada; and Washington, DC); South America (Guayaquil, Ecuador); North Africa and Middle East (Dubai, UAE); and Asia (Mumbai, India, and Shanghai, China).

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