Charter Oak Communities (COC) dedicated its newest residential community, Palmer Square Apartments, on October 18, 2012. Palmer Square represents the second step of the multi-phase Vidal Court revitalization. The first phase, Westwood, is located on Progress Drive. As part of the commitment made to its residents and the City, COC, formerly the Stamford Housing Authority, embarked upon a complete replacement of Vidal Court’s 216 housing units. The results include 350 mixed-income residences distributed over several nearby locations: Westwood, which opened last summer; Palmer Square; and other properties now in pre-development stages.
Palmer Square comprises 16 two- and three-story townhouse buildings containing 76 units of one-, two- and three-bedroom rental housing. Additionally, COC will provide supportive services to residents through its comprehensive social services program, which includes an on-site Resident Services Coordinator.
The land for Palmer Square was obtained from Stamford Health System (SHS) as part of a mutually beneficial land swap, which included property located on Merrell Avenue adjacent to Vidal Court. SHS granted these parcels to COC in return for a portion of the Vidal Court site, which will be used by SHS to facilitate a major redevelopment of the Stamford Hospital campus following the demolition of Vidal Court.