Roundup: Bridgewater, Blight, Sunrise Rotary …

Want to buy a hedge fund?

Or at least, rent their building?

A “For Lease” sign stands on Weston Road, at the entrance to Bridgewater Associates’ Glendinning. The parking lot has been fairly empty, since the start of COVID.

Bridgewater’s Glendinnin gPlace campus, off Weston Road.

The sign advertises 8,000 to 50,000 square feet. Cushing & Wakefield’s website lists only 7,553 square feet. The price is negotiable.

Bridgewater — the world’s largest hedge fund — now houses most employees at its Nyala Farm complex, off I-95 Exit 18.

The “For Lease” sign by Bridgewater’s Weston Road office park. (Photo/Matt Murray)


There’s a new addition to the town’s “blight list.”

Westport’s Blight Prevention Board added 6 Ulbrick Lane, off Bulkley Avenue North, at its meeting this week.

It’s been vacant about 10 years. Grass has grown high outside; visitors report rodents and vermin indoors.

6 Ulbrick Lane (Photo/Jack Krayson)

Meanwhile, as first reported by Westport Journal, the house at 233 Hillspoint Road — diagonally across from Old Mill Grocery, now wrapped in blue after work construction was halted 2 years ago — has been taken off the blight list.

The Zoning Board of Appeals reached a settlement with the owners earlier this summer. Work was stopped after officials detected several permit violations.

Construction can begin again at 233 Hillspoin Road. (Photo/Dinkin Fotografix)

Also off the blight list: 1 Fresenius Lane, on Long Lots Road.


An all-star cast will be honored next Friday (August 19, 7:30 a.m., Greens Farms Church).

Westport Sunrise Rotary fetes Sam Gault, Vincent Penna Sr., Fire Chief Michael Kronick and Dr. James Wong.

Gault and Penna are longtime key volunteers at the club’s Great Duck Race fundraiser for many years. Chief Kronick is a longtime leader of the town’s fire service. Dr. Wong recently retired from his ophthalmology practice, after many years.

The public is invited to attend, and enjoy a buffet breakfast. To confirm, text Ron Holtz at 203-993-4970.


The New York Times’ Ginia Bellafante weighs in on “The Last Movie Stars,” HBO’s 6-part series on Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

She includes this reference to their life here:

“Once, Newman came home to their place in Westport, Conn., to find Joanne refashioning an outbuilding in crazy colors with ad hoc furniture — a place for them, she told him, to retreat to their carnality.”

That’s quite an image. To read the full piece, click here.

Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman. The relationship is the focus of an HBO series.


I spotted this decal on a car yesterday, in the Trader Joe’s lot:

I’m surprised these parents don’t know for sure where their kids go to school.


Tatyana Hixson found this hiding among her tomatoes: a perfect “Westport … Naturally” shot. (Photo/Tatyana Hixson)


And finally … on this day in 1889, William Gray of Hartford was granted a patent for a “coin-controlled apparatus for telephones.”

10 responses to “Roundup: Bridgewater, Blight, Sunrise Rotary …

  1. Thanks, for the musical interlude with Jim Croce, I saw him in person summer of 1973 in Amsterdam. Alone on Stage in a small Cafe that sold weed the audience boo’ed him of stage by throwing food at him. I learned after that gig he flew home and died in the plane crash. Luck plays a larger role in our lives then we know. I was Lucky he was not.

  2. I knew Jean Ulbrick.Her father was a builder in Westport.

  3. Re Bridgewater, I think you mean “For Lease,” not “For Sale.” Back in the 80’s our family biz rented a floor in the building when it belonged to Ralph Glendinning. It was the prettiest place I ever worked. I think 50,000 SF is the entire place, meaning Bridgewater must be shrinking.

  4. Peter Gambaccini

    I used to go swimming at that Glendenning “Secret Spot.”

    • Peter Barlow

      I used to swim there too. The photo looks like you can’t even see Glendennings from there now. I remember Glendennings as one of the better looking commercial buildings in town.

  5. Re: blighted properties, in my experience there is usually an institution involved that is derelict in its duty to protect the property from further loss/damage. Typically that institution is the bank servicing a mortgage in foreclosure. Every mortgage agreement gives the bank the right to enter the property for the purposes of protecting its investment, but the banks usually turn their back as a property deteriorates and often has its plumbing and mechanicals carted off by thieves. Banks are the very worst kind of property owners you want to have in your neighborhood.

    • joshua stein

      Read up on 6 Ulbrick. Its entangled in potential fraud. The owner of it has several other mansions in Fairfield Greenwich etc some also in foreclosure. We are talking a portfolio into the $10s of millions. There was a thread on this on Dan’s blog a month or so ago.

  6. Francis Ward

    In jest, The Hopkins School bumper sticker is saying. “We think” to fully comprehend the subject matter.

  7. Carl Addison Swanson, '66

    It is nice to hear that some homes are coming off the Blight List. How about
    22 North Maple? 20 years+ on the list and nothing done. Per the ordinance, the committee has civil remedies like placing a lien on the home but little power or inclination to enforce it. I am told they gave the homeowner a can of paint and also a dumpster once. Still an eyesore and a health hazard to the owner and neighbors.