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.