Town Adds Toilets At Old Mill

For years, Old Mill beachgoers have not had access to public toilets.

Now they do:

Old Mill demolition 1

Just kidding!

That’s the scene today, at the site of what used to be 38 and 40 Old Mill. Those 2 houses — badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy — have been torn down.

They won’t be rebuilt. The town will make the land into a park. It’s located adjacent to the walking bridge, just before the privately owned Compo Cove.

Here are 2 more views of what 38 and 40 Old Mill look like now:

Old Mill demolition 2

Old Mill demolition 3


12 responses to “Town Adds Toilets At Old Mill

  1. How exactly did the town acquire this property? Who paid who?

    • The 2nd link from Evan Stein to WestportNow [January 7, 2015] reads: “With two Board of Finance unanimous approvals tonight, the Town of Westport is poised to purchase two flood-damaged homes, demolish them, and leave the land as open space… The waterfront properties, .23-acres of at 38 Old Mill Road and .005-acres at 40 Old Mill Road, come with a whopping price tag—$1,111,650. But all of it will be reimbursed to the town by a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, said Dewey Loselle, town operations director, who made the requests.”

  2. I’m impressed that, according to WestportNow, the acquisitions will be “federally reimbursed.” Has the town been paid for this yet or is that a future appropriation?

  3. Today officials announced the first in a series of self-composting public toilets to be installed town-wide. Residents are advised to avoid using anything with three leaves.

  4. I looked it up too. This is what’s known as a “Moral Hazard.” In other words, because our government bailed out the owners of this pricey, beachfront land — at pricey beachfront land values — they make other people more comfortable doing things they should not do. In this case, what people should not do is build and buy homes on land that is unsuitable for building, unless they are prepared to lose their entire investment.

  5. Well said Peter. On the bright side, I will say the view from that new public toilet quite inspirational.

  6. Bobbie Herman

    Will the area be “beautified,” or will it be left as is?

  7. Why and how do people living along the Gulf Coast build and re-build?

  8. don l bergmann

    This newly “open area” needs to be left simple, with no fences. The ‘blinking light” device advising that the tidal gates are working should be obscured as much as possible by greenery or an appealing facade added. When the two wooden bridges need repair or replacement, that, whenever the issues arises, should be undertaken with natural materials. I believe this will all be done well by our First Selectman and his staff.
    Don Bergmann

  9. I needed a good laugh today! Thanks, Dan. 🙂