East Side of Stamford
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The East Side is southeast of Downtown, north of Shippan, and northwest of The Cove and south of Glenbrook. It is mostly to the south of Interstate 95 but covers both sides of East Main Street (U.S. Route 1). It is bounded on the southwest by Elm Street, on the south by Cove Road, and on the east by Seaside Avenue.
When the Stamford city government revised its master plan for development in 1999-2002 the East Side was considered together with the Cove as one neighborhood.
The East Side Partnership was founded in 2002 to support community development. A Neighborhood Steering Committee of that group helped promote clean-up projects. The partnership also hired an outreach worker to help local day laborers who wait near the Exit 7 interchange, looking for work. A foundation was set up for students at the Rogers School to help them buy book bags and other school supplies. More restaurants and stores opened and new construction started along East Main Street in 2005 and 2006.
From 2000 to 2005, population growth in the area a half mile around the intersection of East Main Street and Lockwood Avenue was almost 4 percent, nearly twice the growth rate of the rest of the city, according to a 2005 preliminary report by AMS Consulting of Bridgeport, a company working on a development plan for the area. The report found the neighborhood has strong potential for economic development, with high traffic counts and easy access to Interstte 95.
The neighborhood has two Roman Catholic Churches — St. Mary (which has the largest capacity of any Roman Catholic Church in Fairfield County) and St. Benedict - Our Lady of Montserrat Parish.
The Stamford Fire Rescue Department's Fire Station # 4 serves the neighborhood.
- Jaksic, Vesna, "Study shows East Side has unmet potential", The Advocate of Stamford, July 24, 2005
- "East Side's Grassroots Development," article (no by-line) in "Profiles in Stamford: Then ... and Now ..." an advertising supplement to The Advocate of Stamford, August 24, 2006, page 4 of the supplement
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