Ribbon Cutting Unveils New Fairfield Commuter Rail Station

Cushman & Wakefield joined Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, along with Mike Tetreau, First Selectman of the Town of Fairfield, CT, James Redeker, Connecticut Transportation Commissioner, and Kurt Wittek, principal of Blackrock Realty, LLC, the development company behind Fairfield Metro Center, in celebrating the opening of the new Fairfield Metro Station at an historic ribbon-cutting ceremony held today at the train station. The centerpiece of Blackrock Realty's 35-acre Fairfield Metro Center development, the new station will open on December 5, 2011.

The innovative Fairfield Metro Center development will be comprised of the new on-site Metro North commuter rail station, one million square feet of Class-A office space, 30,000 square feet of retail space, a 180-room Hilton Hotel and a 190-unit residential component. Set along Ash Creek, the development features an 11-acre waterfront park and conservation area with nature trails and boardwalks for walking and jogging.

This contemporary New Haven Line station, built by the Connecticut Department of Transportation in partnership with the Town of Fairfield, is the first new main-line train station in Fairfield County in 100 years. The station features full-length canopies with benches and fully enclosed shelters on the inbound and outbound platforms, surface parking for 1,470 vehicles, and an enclosed pedestrian overpass for easy passage between platforms.

Fairfield Metro Center is designed to be the first development of its scope in Connecticut to achieve LEED Gold Level certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's Green Buildings system. The LEED certification is the nationally recognized benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance, environmentally sound, green buildings.

"We're delighted that the Fairfield Metro train station has been completed," said Kurt Wittek, principal of Blackrock Realty. "We've made a great deal of progress on the development. With the footings and foundations in place for the Concourse Building, and the waterfront park and nature preserve fully developed, we're well on our way to seeing Fairfield Metro Center come to fruition."

The Cushman & Wakefield leasing team is comprised of Bruce E. Mosler, chairman of global brokerage; Joseph A. Cabrera, executive vice president; Stephen F. Baker, senior director; and Michael B. Gordon, senior director, for office leasing; Skip Lane, director; and Jessica Curtis, associate director for retail leasing. The project team also includes the international architectural and design firm of Gensler & Associates; engineering firms Cosentini Engineers, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Loureiro Engineering Associates, Landtech Consultants, Walker Parking and Thornton Tomasetti.

"It is exciting to see Fairfield Metro Center come to realization after Blackrock Realty's extensive efforts," said Joseph Cabrera. "The development offers the vibrancy, energy and diversity normally found in more urban settings in a suburban office environment. Its ideal location and commuting ease will attract the top talent throughout the region, supporting tenants' productivity and growth. I'm confident that Fairfield Metro Center will reinvent the workplace as we know it today."

Fairfield Metro Center incorporates the leading thinking in sustainability and high-performance buildings, and its tenants will experience significant annual savings in the areas of energy efficiency, increased employee retention and reduced hiring costs, based on the property design.

"Fairfield Metro Center is being developed utilizing all the best practices of high-performance building design," said Cushman & Wakefield's Michael Gordon. "It also provides workers with a variety of appealing indoor and outdoor spaces where they can work, relax, collaborate, refresh and recharge."

"Fairfield Metro Center possesses numerous powerful features," said Aaron Stauber, president of Rugby Realty, the New Rochelle, New York-based firm that is co-developing the project with Fairfield-based Wittek Development as Blackrock Realty, LLC. "With its brand new, highly-efficient construction, unsurpassed tenant amenities, access to a large and highly talented labor pool, and direct train access to Manhattan, the complex will become the most sought after address for tenants in the market for modern, energy-efficient space."