South Norwalk comes alive at night as people from around the region flock to its art galleries, restaurants, and historic architecture and streets. The city carefully manages parking in order to accommodate daytime users, nighttime visitors, and the transition in between. Many people utilize the Webster Lot, a larger surface lot located behind Main Street. It is part of an agglomeration of properties called the Webster Street Block. But Norwalk is ready to envision a future where the entire block is redeveloped to include structured parking and a grand new gateway transit-oriented development (TOD).
The Norwalk Redevelopment Authority turned to NV5 to update a prior master plan for the Webster Street Block. The resulting concept plan negotiates the need to provide parking with the phasing of construction. The concept would be achieved in two phases, with an initial structure parking structure accommodating up to 1,050 spaces. Once operational, the new garage can more than accommodate demand so that the remaining surface parking can be removed incrementally as construction begins on two new apartment buildings along MLK Drive. The second phase expands the garage and may include in a large-format entertainment use with parking above.