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Private school slated for blighted Fairfield supermarket building

January 25, 2019

Plans to revive a long-vacant supermarket space in Fairfield’s Stratfield Village are expected to add a new school to the area.

After more than a decade of deteriorating at 1290 Stratfield Road, the former the former Stratfield Market building will become the latest Connecticut location of the Goddard School. The school plans to convert the 9,700-square-foot, free-standing building, which has been empty since 2006, into its newest location, with a target of opening on Sept. 1.

The school, which provides a play-based curriculum for children 6 weeks to 6 years old, signed a 15-year lease with Summit Development of Southport, which recently acquired the property.

Goddard has 460 schools in 36 states, with a total enrollment of 65,000 children. Founded in 1988, the school is based in King of Prussia, Pa. There are 10 locations in Connecticut, including Danbury, Brookfield, Monroe, Westport and Wilton.

Felix Charney of Summit Development plans to collaborate with the Stratfield Village Association as the design of the school is developed to ensure it meshes with their Four Corners Project, which focuses on streetscape and pedestrian improvements to the intersection of Fairfield Woods Road and Stratfield Road

The Association, which is a certified 501 c3 nonprofit, recently received a $650,000 grant from the State of Connecticut for the Four Corners Project.

“The Four Corners is at the heart of our neighborhood, and we look forward to working Felix Charney to help improve and revitalize the area,” said SVA co-president Jamie McCusker in a press release. “Summit has a great track record of owning and developing beautiful properties and we are excited by the potential of having a Summit property in our neighborhood.”

Jordan.grice@hearstmediact.com