Earlier today, I ended my story on the move of Dragone Classic Motorcars from Post Road West to Orange by suggesting the 11,000-square foot property might be the site of a medical marijuana dispensary.
Some readers took me seriously.
I was kidding! It’s directly opposite Kings Highway Elementary School. You’d have to be smoking some heavy stuff to believe that would fly in this town.
But here’s something to consider.
Word around town — from reliable sources — is that a developer has closed on the former classic car showroom. He’s got his eye on the property next door too — where Villa del Sol planned to move.
Why? He wants to build 8-30(g) affordable housing there.
As in, 150 or more 2-bedroom apartments.
The former Dragone property and its neighbor, on Post Road West.
There’s already a plan in the works for the other side of Post Road West — the former “blighted homes” site on the crest of the hill heading downtown. That’s on the Planning and Zoning Commission agenda, for 81 8-30(g) units.
For a while, most Westport zoning battles have been waged on the other side of the river.
If Westporters have traffic and density concerns about 9 homes proposed for the 2.2-acre Daybreak property, I wonder how they’ll react to this news.
Next Tuesday (April 10, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Room 309), the Architectural Review Board hears a proposal for an 81-unit residential development near one of our town’s most congested intersections.
The application — submitted for property owned by Cross Street, LLC — is for the property bordered by Post Road West, Lincoln Street and Cross Street.
That’s just beyond Kings Highway Elementary School and Westport Rehabilitation Complex (formerly Mediplex), on the crest of the hill leading to Riverside Avenue, Wilton Road and downtown Westport.
Post Road West, where 81 units of housing are proposed.
A couple of years ago, several blighted homes were bulldozed there. The lot has been vacant since — except for one house.
The development will consist of 27 1-bedroom homes, and 54 2-bedroom houses.
Oh, yeah: It’s an affordable housing proposal, under the state’s 8-30g statute.
Comments offered at the ARB meeting will be considered by the Planning & Zoning Commission, when they review the application.
(Hat tip: Matt Murray)
Last week’s photo challenge hit the sweet spot.
There were several good (but wrong) guesses. Some correct ones. And added historical information/background from a very alert “06880” reader.
Molly Alger’s photo showed — as Morley Boyd and Wendy Cusick knew — the stone pillars in front of the glass office building on Post Road West, opposite Marion Road at the Norwalk border. (Heading toward town, it’s on the right. Click here for the photo, and all the guesses, on-target and off.)
That office park was once a house, I believe. It might have been set off the road. Pillars like these were known as decorative survey markers. In this case they possibly marked an entrance or right of way to the property.
The property was probably a lot larger. It was probably divided up and sold as lots in the 1970s. The office park was built in 1978 or ’79. I remember it being a gleaming new glass building.
Here is this week’s challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d see it, please click “Comments” below.
O course, back stories are always welcome!
Earlier this week — before the snow — a tree was reflected in a Post Road West office building. (Photo/Amy Schneider)
Westporters have watched with interest as renovations begin on 1 Wilton Road.
That’s the quaint little building squatting underneath the massive Wright Street office project.
Today it’s one of the many frustrating reasons for back-ups at the Post Road West/Riverside Avenue intersection. Plans to move the building to create a turning lane have been rejected (perhaps to rise again, in the future).
Once upon a time, that section of town was less chaotic. Back in the day, a man could stroll down the middle of State Street — past a still-familiar streetscape that includes National Hall (now The ‘Port restaurant).
But I’m sure turn-of-the-20th-century Westporters found plenty to complain about.
Look at that mud! Those rocks, and the wagon ruts!
And I know some folks thought that watering trough didn’t need to be smack in the center of the road.
There’s a lot going on on the lots on and near Ludlow Road.
Demolition permits have been requested for 57, 63, 69, 71 and 73 Post Road West — the dilapidated homes that are among the 1st views of downtown seen by drivers heading east on US 1.
Because the buildings are more than 50 years old, the Westport Historic District Commission will review the applications.
Given the state of the homes, it should be a no-brainer.
Meanwhile, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-3 to deny an application by Beit Chaverim Synagogue to construct a 4,000-square foot building at 24 Ludlow Road — across the street and up the hill from its current location at 85 Post Road West.
The congregation could appeal in court, or come back with a different proposal.
Stay tuned. With the opening of Bartaco and several other restaurants on Wilton Road, and the changes in store up the hill, this often-overlooked part of Westport may be ready for an extreme makeover.
Today, “06880” turns its gaze on a small stretch of land near King’s Highway Elementary School.
Owners of the facility everyone calls Mediplex — officially (and generically) the Westport Health Care Center — want to demolish 2 homes on Lincoln Street, and replace them with a 26-car parking lot.
The houses are something rare in Westport: apartments.
Some neighbors are opposed. They worry about lighting, dumpsters, plowing — and the look of the neighborhood.
They also note that when Mediplex was built — and for much of its existence –owners said that as an assisted living facility, they didn’t need much parking.
The houses are in an area deemed residential, but near a commercial zone. Mediplex would like the zoning changed.
Westport Health Care Center’s Burr Road entrance. The parking lot would be behind it, on Lincoln Street.