Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Wright Street Office Building Sold for $32.2 Million
The Westport View Corporate Center on Wright Street overlooking Westport’s center has changed hands for $32,250,000.
One of two office buildings sold for $32,250,000 on Wright Street. File photo
The Prescott Group sold the 81,349-square foot property at 8-10 Wright St. to an institutional buyer, according to broker Cushman & Wakefield. The sale was originally listed on the WestportNow property transfers on Oct. 25.
Westport View Corporate Center consists of two buildings, 8 Wright St., which contains 55,285 square feet of office space on three floors, and 10 Wright St., which contains 26,064 square feet of office space on two stories.
Built in 1977, the property has been extensively renovated over the past five years, according to Cushman & Wakefield.
A group of 4-year-olds from Westport’s Conservative Synagogue visited Westport Fire Headquarters today and got a lesson on hose techniques from Firefighter Matt Zaremski. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Inn to Go “Green,” Remain Under Same Management
The new owner of the Westport Inn said today that the 115-room facility will undergo a major renovation to make it environmentally friendly.
The Westport Inn will undergo an extensive “green” modernization. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
New York-based Ranger Properties LLC also said it has retained the Meyer Jabara organization of Danbury, which has managed the property for the past four years, to continue to manage the hotel.
“The excellent staff at the hotel is expected to remain in place,” the company said in a news release.
The almost 4-acre property, Westport’s largest hotel and a mainstay on Post Road East for decades, was sold last week for $13.1 million (See WestportNow Oct. 29, 2007)
Rell: $1 Rail Fare Surcharged Dropped
Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced that today’s agreement on a bonding bill means the $1 surcharge approved by the legislature two years ago as part of the governor’s $1.3 billion transportation package will be scrapped in favor of an alternative developed by legislators earlier this year at her request.
“Today’s bonding agreement means that the surcharge will be eliminated in favor of a more equitable system,” Rell said in a statement.
“The surcharge would have been burdensome for some intrastate commuters, particularly those who only ride between one or two stations and I am pleased that the alternative will now replace the surcharge.”
The surcharge was intended to help pay for Rell’s 2005 Transportation Initiative, which included about 340 new cars for Metro-North’s New Haven Line. The governor’s plan also provided new commuter buses and hundreds of millions of dollars for improvements on all of the state’s highway.
CL&P to Extend Saugatuck Drilling to 36 Hours Wednesday
The Connecticut Light and Power Company has informed the town that it will conduct 36 hours of continuous operations beginning Wednesday in order to complete the first phase of its high voltage power line installation under the Saugatuck River, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff announced today.
“The power company made known in their application process many months ago that critical portions of the underwater drilling project would necessitate at times extending the work day for 24 hours or more,” Joseloff said. “This first such operation will commence Wednesday.”
The First Selectman said CL&P has informed residents in the Imperial Avenue and Lincoln Street areas that work on the “pullback” of the assembled pipe conduit under the river as part of the Horizontal Directional Drilling project will begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday and continue through Thursday at 7 p.m.
CL&P said the critical conduit pullback operation takes longer than 12 hours to complete and cannot be stopped once commenced due to the risk of collapse as the assembled conduit bundles are pulled into the drilled hole.
Community Conversation on Climate Action Tonight
Westport will join a National Conversation on Climate Action tonight with a community meeting at 7 p.m. in the McManus Room of the Westport Public Library.
Co-sponsored by the town’s Green Energy Task Force and the Unitarian Church in Westport, the meeting is one of 70 involving local governments across the nation this month discussing global warming causes, impacts and solutions.
Among those speaking are First Selectman Gordon Joseloff; Carl Leaman, chairman of Westport’s Green Energy Task Force; Bob Wall of the Fairfield Green Energy Task Force, and Julie Belaga of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters.
The National Conversation on Climate Action is sponsored by the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Noon - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Jerry Labriola on “The Strange Death of Napoleon Bonaparte”
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - McManus Room - Community Conversation on Global Warming
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Employee Compensation/Finance/Public Protection/Education Committees
Monday, October 29, 2007
Halloween Revelers Crowd Main Street
Westport’s Main Street was crowded with Halloween revelers today at the Parks and Recreation Department, Downtown Merchants Association, and Police Athletic League sponsored the town’s annual Halloween parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport Police Officer Craig Kupson shows off his motorcycle to a youngster dressed in similar gear during today’s Halloween parade on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Witches on Parade
Westport Inn Sold for $13.1 Million
The Westport Inn, Westport’s largest hotel and a fixture on Post Road East for decades, has been sold to a New York owner and developer for $13.1 million, according to a filing in the Town Clerk’s Office.
The new owners of the Westport Inn will undertake extensive renovations of the 115-room facility, according to a broker involved in the sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo
The 115-room facility at 1595 Post Road East occupies more than three acres and features an indoor pool, fitness facility, meeting space, and restaurant and lounge. It was bought by Ranger Properties LLC.
“The new owner plans to extensively renovate and reposition the inn, so the Westport Inn will be taken to an even higher level of accommodations and service,” said Joe McCann, president of Philadelphia-based Optimum Hotel Brokerage, the firm which represented the seller in the transaction.
McCann, a former Westport resident, added, “With Westport’s high land costs and prohibitive zoning restrictions, the hotel is situated at the epicenter of one of the highest barriers-to-entry markets in the country.”
815 Vaccinated in Flu Clinics
The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) announced today that 815 residents received their flu shots earlier this month at the Health District’s flu clinics.
The Health District collaborated with various town departments including police, fire, parks and recreation, EMS, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), as well as its own volunteers in the large-scale event.
“We plan these large clinics, not only to provide quick and easy access to our residents, but also to train our staff and volunteers on handling large-scale emergencies,” said Sue Jacozzi, Director of Health. “We are very pleased with the numbers this year. People realize the importance of being prepared.”
WWHD nurses vaccinated 526 persons at Westport’s Bedford Middle School on Oct. 20 with an average time of six minutes per person spent from their entry to the clinic to their exit. A second flu clinic took place at the Norfield Church,Weston where 289 residents were vaccinated.
Town Clerk’s Office Open Saturday for Absentee Ballots
Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced today that her office will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to accommodate voters applying for an absentee ballot to vote in the Nov. 6 municipal election.
Absentee ballots are available at the Town Clerk’s office daily Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They will be available through Monday, Nov. 5 until 4:30 p.m., Strauss said.
Ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 when the polls officially close.
The Town Clerk’s office is located in the Town Hall at 110 Myrtle Ave. in Room 105. Applications for absentee ballots can be downloaded from the town Web site at www.westportct.gov .
Halloween Parade Today on Main Street
The Westport Parks and Recreation Department, Downtown Merchants Association and Westport Police Athletic League (PAL) will team up today to host the annual downtown Westport Halloween parade for children.
The event will begin at 3 p.m. in front of the Westport Weston Family Y and conclude at 4 p.m. on Veterans Green opposite Town Hall.
Children will march up Main Street, trick or treating along the way, making their way to Town Hall for more treats. Giveaways from Westport PAL and trick or treat bags from Parks and Recreation will be available.
Parents and shoppers are asked to avoid parking on Main Street between Post Road East and Kings Highway North from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to make way for the trick or treaters.
Early Morning Run
Monday, October 29, 2007
3 p.m. - Main Street - Halloween Parade
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Gaming In The Afternoon (ages 12 and up)
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Planning & Zoning/Ordinance Committees
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Sunday at the Beach
Sunday, October 28, 2007
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - Westport Farmers Market
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Turn of the Screw”
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Wreckers Defeat Norwalk Bears 15-3
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Senior Jeff Frusciante hauls in a 24-yard pass from Mike Samela for a touchdown today as Staples defeated the Norwalk High School Bears 15-3. Frusciante scored both Staples touchdowns. The Wreckers, playing in rainy weather on their synthetic turf field, improved to 6-0 on the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
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