Local Officials Dip Their Shovels at Armstrong Court Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking at Armstrong Court included John Toner, Mike Mason, Sam Romeo, Livvy Floren, Anthony Johnson, Fred Camillo, Howard Richman and Terry Mardula. May 18, 2019 contributed photo

HATG executive director Anthony Johnson and fiance, Dawn. May 17, 2019 Contributed photo

On Saturday a groundbreaking event at Armstrong Court marked the beginning of phased development at the housing project. Ultimately 18 new townhomes will rise on an undeveloped portion of the property close to Hamilton Avenue. Also HATG will do a gut rehabilitation of the 6 existing buildings containing 144 units.

Current one bedroom units will be combined with 2 bedroom units to produce more three-bedroom, two bathroom units, which are in greater demand for families. The existing buildings at Armstrong Court were originally constructed in 1951. With the addition of 18 new units in this first phase, the total redevelopment will result in 150 units, an increase of 6 units.

This first phase of the overall Armstrong Court redevelopment is the new construction of 18 townhouse units. The new unit mix will be 6 two-bedroom units and 12 three-bedroom units, with 1-1/2 bathrooms in each.

Deputy Director of HATG Terry Mardula with State Rep Livvy Floren and HATG exec director Anthony Johnson. May 18, 2019 contributed photo

These initial 18 units will serve as replacement housing and will help to ease the relocation and rehabilitation logistics of the second phase.

Phase 2 will include the gut rehabilitation of Buildings #1, 3 and 6.

The new townhouse units will be constructed under Energy Star standards. All appliances will be Energy Star Rated and the combined energy efficiency features will produce energy rebates and lower operation cost, according to Eversource.

The Housing Authority of the Town of Greenwich, the current owner of the property, is the developer of the new construction. Charles E. McDonald is the architect with A. Vitti Excavators as General Contractor. HATG will continue to serve as Property Manager.

This HATG project serves moderate income households and is convenient to public transportation.

Through Family Centers, the Armstrong Court Preschool offers School Readiness classes for income-eligible families with children ages 3-5 years. The preschool also houses the Greenwich Head Start Program, both are sponsored by HATG.