Roundup: New Apartments, Paul Newman, TAP Sleep …

In October 2016, “06880” ran a story about 785 Post Road East.

A developer hoped to tear down the apartment building between the Toyota dealer and what was then Westport Wash & Wax. He’d clean up the land, and build a new office/retail/food store complex, plus residential units.

The structure was dilapidated. But the 16 units were some of the most affordable in Westport.

Because they were built before 1990, they did not count toward the number of Westport’s affordable units, to satisfy the 8-30g formula.

The former apartment building at 785 Post Road East.

Finally — nearly 5 years later — the building was demolished last month.

In its place will be 14 luxury apartments: 8 townhouse units with garages underneath, and 6 flat-style units. Ten are 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom units; the other 4 will have 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom.

The complex will also include a 5,000-square foot retail/office building, in front of the apartments. There will be 4 buildings, in total.

Artist’s rendering of 785 Post Road East.

The new structures are reminiscent of other recent construction at 793 Post Road East, at the foot of Long Lots Road. That complex replaced a small building that had been both a stationery store and a residence.


Paul Newman sometimes broke the Westport speed limits.

Then he took his cars to the race track. Lime Rock Park was one of his favorites.

Now, the upstate raceway has named the not-quite-straight (but very fast back stretch) “Paul Newman Straight.”

Lime Rock also announced a partnership with the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, the non-profit that helps over 20,000 seriously ill children and family members each year, free of charge. Click here for the full story. (Hat tip: Frank Rosen)


Having trouble sleeping? Never feel fully rested?

TAP Strength can help your ZZZs.

The wellness center is sponsoring a talk with Sarah Swanberg, doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. She’ll discuss natural sleep solutions.

It’s September 27 (7 p.m., TAP Strength, 180 Post Road East). It’s free, but space is limited. Email to reserve a spot.


I’m not sure whether this photo is more appropriate for “the dog days of summer” or “taking a rest on Labor Day weekend.” Either way, it’s a perfect Sunday shot for our “Westport … Naturally” series.

(Photo/Ellen Wentworth)


And finally … on this day in 1781, 44 Spanish settlers founded El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels). Today, the name of the city is simply “Los Angeles.”


8 responses to “Roundup: New Apartments, Paul Newman, TAP Sleep …

  1. India van Voorhees

    We complain about the increase in traffic … perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Westport is building multi-unit dwellings at a crazy speed in the last 3 or 4 years? What is going on? We’re turning into Stamford.
    I don’t understand the new laws about affordable housing, and I’m certainly all for that, but – am I missing something? Everything that’s being built seems to be “luxury” units.

    Bankside House – 12 condos at $2 and $3 million each

    The Mill – 31 Condos from $1- $2.5 million each

    1480 Post – 32 units of 1 and 2 BR apartments between $2,500 and $4,850/mo (or are some of them townhomes to own?)

    The Westporter – Studios, 1 and 2 BR units from $2,800 – $5,350/mo (plus townhomes to own, don’t know prices)

    1177 Greens Farms – studios and 1BR from $1,800 – $5,600

    The Belden Place – 1 and 2 BR condos from $3,800 – $5,500


    I can’t be the only one who thinks this is outrageous (both quantity and prices.)
    Who’s approving this sudden and massive development? And why?
    Thanks in advance for input and information.

  2. Aside from being in absolute agreement with the above writer, I also have wondered, as these structures multiply, why NONE of the architects have designed and built BEAUTIFUL complexes.
    Instead they are cookie cutter sameness with no grace, and do nothing except clutter the town. (And, as an aside, cause more traffic problems).
    Years ago, when my studio was built I could not get permission from the zoning board to have a bathroom in the space because, they said, If I I had a bathroom I could easily rent the space. HUH?

  3. If they didn’t have that ridiculous pre-1990 rule, then I’m sure Westport would have enough affordable housing to make up the 10% requirement.

  4. Hey Dan,

    I think that you to include … Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.”