Downtown Darien Development

Darien, Connecticut

Project Details

In design
Project Partners
Robert A.M. Stern
Gary L. Brewer

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Description

Downtown Darien will create the new town center this affluent commuter suburb has long lacked, with a vibrant mix of shops, apartments, and offices organized around a new town green on a five-acre site two blocks from the local train station. Taking cues from the architectural variety found along the Boston Post Road in Darien and neighboring towns, each of our new buildings will present its own distinct character inspired by strains of Classical and vernacular Connecticut and New England architecture. The centerpiece of the new development, the town green that will open off the Post Road, will host year-round community events such as farmers' markets, art shows, and ice-skating. Two flanking apartment buildings will accommodate street-level restaurants that will spill out onto the sidewalks. At the head of the green, a food hall designed to suggest a traditional New England meeting hall will be topped with a clock tower.

A store for anchor tenant L.L. Bean, articulated to read as four small-scaled buildings, will greet visitors approaching from the south. An apartment building with a large copper cupola visible from the train station will hold down the north corner of the site, serving as a beacon for the new development. Market Lane, a new thoroughfare that will bisect the site and alleviate traffic on the Post Road, will widen to create a pair of entry courts for this building and a second residential building across the street. In total Downtown Darien will offer 64 apartments—both market-rate and affordable—along with underground parking. A five-story office building with structured and underground parking will occupy the third corner of the site.

Additional information can be found at yourdowntowndarien.com.

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