Westport’s Blight Prevention Board held its 1st meeting last week.
In a striking departure from other governmental bodies — like the US Congress, which appears unable to do anything, including getting out of its own way — the board unanimously agreed to designate 4 buildings as blighted.
As a result — and pending approval by the Historic District Commission — the structures must be demolished or repaired.
Everyone in Westport — everyone, in fact, driving through — knows the buildings. They sit on the crest of Post Road West, just past Kings Highway School and Mediplex as you head toward downtown. For years, they’ve served as a dilapidated welcome to anyone expecting Westport to be immune from abandoned old homes with broken windows, sagging roofs and overgrown grass.
Demolition permits are pending for all 4 buildings. There is no word yet on what would replace them.
Westporters will be happy to see anything else there. Except a bank, nail salon or frozen yogurt store.