The Kemper-Gunn House has not yet been moved. But the landlords are looking for tenants — and first dibs go to local mom-and-pops or start-ups.
Specifically, David Adam Realty and Charter Realty are seeking Fairfield County or Connecticut companies with no more than 5 locations. They’re offering the historic 1890 property — to be moved from Church Lane across Elm Street, to the Baldwin parking lot — at 15% off market rates.
It’s available as retail, restaurant or office space.
This is a key development in the redevelopment of downtown Westport. Interested parties should contact David Waldman (203-856-9674) or Dan Zelson (203-227-2922).
Who would have thought we’d EVER read a story like this? Hats off to David Waldman and the Town of Westport for making this unique development possible.
Very cool…makes me wish we were in retail! 😉
On behalf of the Kemper-Gunn Advisory Group, which is representing the town in this project, I’m pleased to report that we are moving forward and that we hope to be able to present the details of the lease arrangement to the public and reviewing agencies in the next few weeks. We are very appreciative that David and his partners have agreed to reserve the rental spaces in this beautiful house for small businesses. Enhancing the variety and diversity of business offerings in our downtown is one of the key goals of the downtown planning process.
Chair, Kemper-Gunn Advisory Group.
While this is far from a done deal, with some crucial details and approvals still needed, let’s acknowledge in addition to David Waldman and members of his team, i.e. Karen Johnson, Matt Mandell, RTM, Frances Henkels, HDC, Helen Garten and Jim Marpe, you all know them, Rich Kotchko, Town Purchasing, Morley Boyd, Historic guru, the various Town bodies that have managed to work their way through numerous issues and yours truly, Don Bergmann. I was the guy who walked out of meetings to make my points. Don Bergmann
Is that the actual location of the house? I thought it was going to be down the hill a bit, closer to the church?
Don, thanks. Guess it really does take a village.
On an unrelated note, here’s a little PSA for all you 18 hour town urbanistas out there: unlike a certain idea that has been discussed of late, this is one that actually respects the “small” in “small town character”.
New incarnation of the ice cream parlor-or Remarkable Book store/tearoom?
Yes, that is the location, the driveway is the entrance to the parking lot and then the church property next to that. So it is as close as possible to the church.
NOW – we need your help. Please get the word out to any and all small local businesses that there is an opportunity to locate their business to Elm in Kemper Gunn. I am not talking a biz already in Westport elsewhere, but something new. Thanks for the support.
Once again, David Waldman, stepped up to the plate and should be congratulated for his commitment, hard work and financial resources that he and his partners have made towards turning this idea into a reality. Many people talk the talk…but David…walks the walk! Great job and thank you!