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New Stamford housing complex advances Vidal Court redevelopment

The latest housing development near the site of the former Vidal Court complex on the West Side is almost full of tenants, which comes as no surprise to Vin Tufo.

"There’s tremendous demand," said Tufo, CEO of Charter Oak Communities, the city's public housing authority.

He said market rate and affordable housing units at the new development, Park 215, have filled up quickly. Only about five units remain, he said.

Most of the apartments — 60 percent — are deemed affordable, which means they are offered to those who make less than 60 percent of the area median income. In Stamford, the AMI is $135,000 for a family of four.

Evonne Klein, commissioner of the state Department of Housing, said affordable housing is in high demand across Connecticut.

"What we know is that every city and town have a demonstrated need for more affordable and multifamily housing," she said Wednesday at a formal dedication ceremony at Park 215.

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