WATERBURY, CT, November 15, 2021 – Montagno Construction, LLC was proud to attend the Brookfield Village Ribbon Cutting event on Oct 28th, 2021 in Brookfield, CT. The ribbon cutting celebrates the second phase of the Brookfield Village construction project. The event was held in the courtyard between the two new buildings representing the building development from phase 1 and phase 2. Speakers for the event were First Selectman Steve Dunn, Brookfield Village Project Manager Allan Rothman and Economic Development Commission Chairman Jim Fisher. Montagno Construction owner and employees who attended were Kurt Montagno, Antony Montagno, Marie Maia and Bill Parisi.
Allan Rothman, the project manager and representative for the developer spoke first about retail space and tenants for the new downtown area. Economic Development Commission Chairman, Jim Fisher then spoke about Brookfield Village being an awesome investment by the Town of Brookfield to revitalize the downtown area. The town took a chance with tax abatement and it has paid off with development up and down the street. On a previous occasion, State Representative and Brookfield native Stephen Harding (R-107) said this about the project, “This is a great opportunity to finally provide a downtown area for everyone here in Brookfield. I particularly love that the village will be home to several new restaurants and retail stores at a primary location, where pedestrians can walk safely along our new sidewalks. It will be a vibrant place created by our local residents who care deeply for our town, and who have a local vision for what it’s going to be. I look forward to working with our local zoning boards and town officials on the construction going forward, and thank all our boards and countless volunteers for making this vision a reality.”
The ribbon cutting ceremony marks a successful construction project by Montagno Construction who did both phases of the multi-family complex. The development involved building affordable apartment housing in a 3-phase approach over the course of several years. Montagno Construction was the Construction Management company selected for both phase 1 and phase 2 of the project. Total square footage of the overall project site is over 120,000-sf and consists of 88 units altogether across all of the buildings with additional retail space. One of the goals during construction was to ensure that the buildings met the Energy Star Ratings. That goal was achieved when the project met the air-tightness targets and received a HERS verification.
When Montagno Construction first started the project in 2017, the construction site needed all new infrastructure and preparation for construction. Now in 2021 as the second phase is completing, this latest phase of the project had some unforeseen challenges according to the Construction Superintendent, Bill Parisi. Due to the pandemic in 2020 and supply chain issues in 2021, there were additional challenges that needed to be overcome like the ability to get labor and materials as well as ensure the daily manpower needs were met. Despite the challenges, the project proceeded as planned.
The Brookfield Village was the first construction project completed as a part of the Fitzgerald and Halliday’s 2012 Town Center Revitalization Plan. The new development will help create a new town center and the community at large. Montagno Construction is proud to be a part of the growing community and look forward to future projects.
Phase 2 Brookfield Village Ribbon Cutting pictured from left to right: Michael Guillaro, 2, 3, Paul F. Guillaro, Selectman Harold A. Shaker, Brookfield Village Project Manager Allan Rothman, Economic Development Commission Chairman Jim Fisher, Selectman Steve Dunn, First Selectwoman Tara Carr and 8