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Sacred Heart donates $100,000 to neighborhood association

March 26, 2019

FAIRFIELD — The Stratfield Village Association (SVA), a certified 501c3 non-profit organization serving the Stratfield neighborhood of Fairfield, CT, announced today that Sacred Heart University has committed to a $100,000 donation to the Stratfield Village Association’s Four Corners Fund.

The project will renovate and revitalize the commercial center of Stratfield Village, the intersection of Stratfield Rd/Rt 59 and Fairfield Woods Rd. Renovations to the intersection will make the area more pedestrian-friendly and safer.

“We would like to thank University President John J. Petillo and the entire Sacred Heart community for their very generous donation,” SVA Co-President Jamie McCusker said. “Since we relaunched the SVA in late 2016, Sacred Heart University has been a great supporter and resource to the SVA and a tremendous friend and neighbor to our community; we cannot thank them enough for their support. We feel incredibly fortunate to have not only a world-class university like SHU located within our neighborhood, but also a school led by good people who care about Stratfield and give back so much to our community.”

The $100,000 donation by Sacred Heart University follows a $650,000 grant for the project from the State of Connecticut, as well as a $100,000 commitment by the Town of Fairfield. The SVA will continue its fundraising in an effort to begin construction. The Fairfield RTM recently approved the project, and the SVA will continue to work with the Town of Fairfield and various State of Connecticut agencies such as the Department of Transportation to finalize the plans and construction of the new Four Corners.

“Sacred Heart University is pleased to contribute to the growth of Stratfield. We strongly believe that what is good for the neighborhood is good for SHU and vice versa,” said SHU President John J. Petillo. “We are grateful for the friendship of the Stratfield Village Association and hope to continue our partnership for many years to come.”

According to the SVA master plan, the Four Corners Project entails pedestrian and streetscape enhancements to the Stratfield Village Business District to improve pedestrian safety as well as to foster economic development in the area. Improvements will include a narrowed intersection, the planting of trees and shrubs, wider pedestrian paths, lamp-posts, benches, art installations and decorative brick inlay. More details on the Four Corners Project can be found on the Stratfield Village Association website at https://stratfieldvillageassociation.org

“We cannot thank Dr. Petillo and Sacred Heart University enough for their donation and support of the SVA and our neighborhood,” said SVA Co-President Dylan O’Connor. “This is an exciting period of change for our neighborhood. The long vacant and blighted Stratfield Market is scheduled to re-open this fall as an early childhood education center and, in a short period of time, the Four Corners will be transformed into a beautiful and bustling center of our community.”