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Governor, Ganim Applaud New Digs At Former Father Panik Site in Bridgeport

Gov. Dannel Malloy strolls down a courtyard walkway at Crescent Crossings in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Gov. Dannel Malloy and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, center in suits, listen to the presentations at Crescent Crossings Tuesday. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Residents of Crescent Crossings may use this new exercise room. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Crescent Crossings courtyards feature benches and BBQ grills. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Residents at Crescent Crossings may use this business room outfitted with computers. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
One of the courtyards at Crescent Crossings in Bridgeport Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Gov. Dannel Malloy and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim made the scene Tuesday for the official opening celebration at Crescent Crossings, a new mixed-income complex that has risen from the site of one of the most violent housing developments in the country.

The former Father Panik Village, which was demolished in the 1990s, is now home to 93 units of energy-efficient one-, two- and three bedroom units set around lush green courtyards with benches and barbecue grills.

The new East Side apartments, which were fully rented by December 2016, were so desirable, there are still 200 people on the waiting list. Some of them will likely snag new homes in Phase 2 of the construction, said Todd McClutchy, one of the developers with JHM Group.

“I’m just bowled over at how gorgeous the setting is,” said Ganim. “This site has history. It was one of the most troubled housing developments in the country in the 1970s.”

Built for about $30 million, the new low-rise clapboard-and-brick buildings were completed with a mix of federal, state and private funding, McClutchy said. They are managed by Park City Communities, Bridgeport’s housing agency.

“It was not just affordable housing,” said PCC Executive Director James Slaughter. “It was an opportunity to create and have a neighborhood for the future.”

The second phase of 84 units is under construction and should be ready to rent by year’s end, McClutchy said.

Malloy said Crescent Crossings is part of his vow to bring about 21,000 units of housing to Connecticut, where he said officials have long turned their back to the plight of the working poor.

“It’s days like this that are worthy of celebration,” he said.

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