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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.

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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)

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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 nancy@tapstrength.com to reserve a spot.

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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)

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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.”

 

Building Proposal Raises Affordable Housing, Traffic Questions

It’s a long-neglected property. A developer hopes to tear down the tired old building, clean up the land and build a new office/retail/food store complex, as well as residential retail units.

There are 16 or so affordable units there now. They’d be gone. They don’t count toward Westport’s state-mandated 8-30g affordable housing number, however, because they were built (long) before 1990.

The new plan includes 14 units. Only 3 would be “affordable” — but they would apply toward our total number.

Those are some of the issues surrounding a proposal heard by Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission recently for 785 Post Road East. It sits unobtrusively between Westport Wash & Wax and New Country Toyota — and it has for many years.

785 Post Road East, between Westport Wash & Wax and New Country Toyota.

785 Post Road East, between Westport Wash & Wax and New Country Toyota.

In recent years, the rear of the property has been used as a dumping ground. The house fronting the Post Road is not in dire shape, but it’s sure not distinguished either.

The new plan includes a 2-story building for office space, plus retail and that convenience or food store. The rental units would be part of 3 separate 2 1/2-story buildings. Ten would be 2-bedrooms; 4 would have 1 bedroom. There would be parking for 49 cars.

A “Notice of Intention to Demolish” sign already hangs on the existing building. Another one promises “Leasing Available.”

If the P&Z decides in an upcoming meeting to approve the project — or if they okay another development down the road — one thing is certain: Traffic on the Post Road will get even worse.

Right now mornings on that stretch — including the merge from Long Lots Road — are brutal. When there’s an accident on I-95, nothing moves.

So the next time you’re stuck there, take a look to your right. If you never noticed 785 Post Road East before, you will now.

A side view of 785 Post Road East.

A side view of 785 Post Road East.