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Judge Rules In Favor Of Cross Street Development

In October 2018, the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously rejected a plan to build a 6-story, 81-unit apartment complex between Lincoln and Cross Streets, off Post Road West.

The 7-0 vote was based on fire, traffic and other safety concerns, as well as historic preservation.

The developer — Cross Street LLC — appealed.

Last week, state Superior Court Judge Andrew Roraback sustained the appeal. He noted that despite evidence supporting fire and traffic safety issues, and historic preservation, none of those reasons “clearly outweighed” the need for affordable housing.

The proposal had been brought under Connecticut’s 8-30g statute. It allows a developer to override local zoning regulations if at least 10% of a town’s housing stock is not “affordable.” Westport’s is not — although affordable housing built before 1990 is not considered under the formula.

However, the judge added that the developer must ask the town’s Traffic Authority — which, in Westport, is the Board of Selectmen — to remove some existing on-street parking spaces, to accommodate the sight lines needed.

A number of neighborhood residents rely on street parking. Driveways are small and narrow; some lack garages, and some homes have multiple tenants.

The town has 20 days from the issuance of the decision to appeal.

Worst. Aunt. Ever.

I seldom reprint news stories from the local media. If it’s already out there, I figure folks will find it.

But this story from the Westport Newshas to be seen — by everyone — to be believed.


In 2011, a boy named Sean turned 8 years old. He had a birthday party at his Westport home.

Riding his new bike, he spotted his aunt. He dropped it and ran to her, joyfully screaming, “Auntie Jen! Auntie Jen!”

“All of a sudden he was there in the air. I had to catch him, and we tumbled onto the ground,” his aunt — Jennifer Connell, a New York human resources manager — recalls.

“I remember him shouting ‘Auntie Jen, I love you,’ and there he was flying at me.”

This is NOT Sean Tarala and Jennifer Connell.

This is NOT Sean and his aunt, Jennifer Connell.

The reason her recollections are relevant, 4 years later, is that Connell is suing her nephew. She says that his “unreasonable” exuberance caused her to break her wrist. She is seeking $127,000 in damages from him. The case is being heard by a 6-person Superior Court jury in Bridgeport. He is the lone defendant.

She did not say anything at the time, she says, because “it was his birthday party and I didn’t want to upset him.”

Yet that broken wrist still haunts her.

“I live in Manhattan in a 3rd-floor walk-up, so it has been very difficult,” she said in court. “And we all know how crowded it is in Manhattan.”

But wait! There’s more!

Recently, she attended a party. “It was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate,” she told the jurors.

The Westport News story did not say if her voice broke as she described the horrors of her current, plate-holding life.

*Not The Onion.