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In the holiday spirit, there was music a-plenty downtown today.
The Staples High School Orphenians sang outside the Pop’TArt gallery …
… while across Main Street, the Suzuki School of Music played in front of Anthropologie.
Elvira Mae’s opened last week. It took exactly that long for them to jump into their first great help-a-community-member fundraiser.
Lisa Laudico is a Westporter with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. She’s fighting the disease — and fighting to help others. With the Southport-based Cancer Couch Foundation, she co-founded the #Reason4FreezinMBC social media challenge.
It’s simple: Video yourself eating anything cold hands-free. Nominate 4 people, and donate to MBC research. 100% of all proceeds go to researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York, and Dana Farber in Boston.
The campaign launched earlier this month on the “Today Show.” Al Roker — and Westport’s own Craig Melvin — challenged other celebrities. Among them: Westporter Jane Green, who nominated Elin Hildebrand and Robin Roberts.
That’s where Elvira Mae’s comes in.
Today (Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), volunteers will sit outside the Old Mill deli. They’ll hand out flyers, and offer to video anyone doing the challenge. Elvira Mae’s is donating a portion of all ice cream sales to the campaign.
Anhtropologie is helping too. Volunteers will be outside the Church Lane store, doing the same. They’ll hand out popsicles too.
There’s no solicitation of money or checks. Donations can be texted (“freezembc”) to 44321.
Elvira Mae’s and Anthropologie picked a great day to help. This weekend, a challenge grant — in Lisa’s honor — means that every dollar raised becomes $4.
See you at Elvira Mae’s. Or Anthropologie.
Seen around Westport late this afternoon:
The glass-half-full crowd loves Bedford Square: Its retro-yet-fresh look. Its new tenants, including retail, restaurants and residential. Its re-imagining of the entire downtown.
The glass-half-empty folks moan: But there’s no parking!
Wrong. There’s plenty of parking. There’s the Baldwin lot, Taylor Place and Parker Harding.
And — even closer — there’s a garage with up to 120 spaces. In fact, it’s so close it’s right underneath Bedford Square. The entrance is on Elm Street, next to Villa del Sol restaurant.
Some spots are reserved for residents and senior employees. But the rest are open to the public.
Right now there’s a valet system, with a drop-off on Church Lane near Amis Trattoria. A 2nd drop-off may be added on Elm Street.
Valet parking is still a work in progress. Developers and Anthropologie are figuring out the best way to use the garage.
But to all the nay-sayers: There are lots more parking spots than you realize.
Now find something else to bitch about.
PS: Meanwhile, Westporters who did not go to the beach this afternoon found a new spot to hang out: the Bedford Square plaza. Here’s the scene, a couple of hours ago:
Guests of Anthropologie and Amis restaurant enjoyed a sneak preview tonight of the new Bedford Square.
I’m not in the market for a wedding gown — or most of the rest of what Anthropologie sells. But plenty of folks will be. Judging by the creative and stylish way they’ve repurposed the old YMCA, the 40,000-square foot store will do exactly what an anchor tenant should: draw plenty of shoppers to the entire complex.
And based on what I’ve seen and tasted of Amis, it too will be an instant hit. It takes full advantage of its Church Lane/Post Road/interior alley location — it is a true “trattoria.”
We’ve endured noise, dirt, dust and disruption for 2 years. Now the fun begins!
As he promised, David Waldman retained the facade of the old Westport YMCA Bedford building.
But as his Bedford Square project nears completion — it’s slated to open this spring — changes are evident.
After 94 years, the lintel no longer says “YMCA.”
Welcome to 2017.
For months, Westporters have watched as Turner Construction dug and built a foundation for Bedford Square. There was not a lot to see.
Now — every day — there’s something new at the project that promises to dramatically change downtown Westport.
David Waldman — 1 of 4 partners — says the bulk of construction will be completed by January. Then comes interior work.
He anticipates all tenants will move in by April. That’s 2 years after work began — right on schedule.
Anthropologie has already leased the YMCA’s original Bedford building, and the old firehouse.
Another 30,000 square feet will include retailers like restaurants and entertainment.
The 24 rental units — 4 of them listed as affordable, under state guidelines — will be marketed soon. (Serena & Lily, across the street, is furnishing the model unit.)
The other day, David took me on a tour. He’s proud of the big, dramatic way that Bedford Square will unify and tie together downtown, from Church Lane and Elm Street through to the Post Road and Main Street.
He’s also proud of small details. For example, the Flemish bond “will be here forever.” And the relief of little children is an exact negative of the fascia boards that graced — often unnoticed — the old YMCA.
Interior space is important too. A public plaza will be open to businesses — restaurants, a chocolate shop, a juice bar — while residents can gaze down on it below. David likens it to a larger version of the one between Saugatuck Sweets and the Whelk.
To the right of the photo above is the old Bobby Q’s restaurant. It’s not part of Bedford Square. But the owner will turn it into rental space — with the 2nd floor extending onto the plaza.
There’s a lot going on inside too, including new supports, windows, skylights — and 100% flood-proofing. The old Y gym (shown below) is 4 feet higher than before.
The rental units range from 700 square feet to 2,200. Some are duplexes. Most have balconies. This one (below) has a killer view of Christ & Holy Trinity Church:
Bedford Square offers many ways in and out of the rest of downtown. The archway below fronts Main Street:
Around the corner the outside of the Y’s 1923 Bedford building remains the same:
In front, however, improvements are made (photo below). Bricks will match the new sidewalk on the rest of Main Street. The extended sidewalk will ease the merge from Church Lane onto the Post Road — and make crossing the Post Road easier for pedestrians too. The dedicated turning lane onto Main Street remains.
(For more information on Bedford Square, click here.)
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