Thursday, March 14, 2013
‘Will the Board of Finance Tail Wag This Dog?’
Steve Daniels, co-chair. of the Baron’s South Committee, addresses the Long-Range Planning Committee of the the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight about the five second round bids received to build senior housing on the 22-acre town-owned land. Several RTM committee members and public speakers said the ultimate choice will be between gaining more return for the town, as desired by the Board of Finance, and providing more affordable housing. “Will the Board of Finance tail wag this dog?” asked RTM member Jack Klinge (2nd l) who said he favored more affordable units. “I’d rather be right and challenge the Board of Finance.” RTM member Matthew Mandell (4th l) said building a higher density project to gain more return for the town may in the end cost more in providing services such as police, fire, and schools to newcomers who buy houses of seniors moving to Baron’s South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Comments: Comment Policy
When will the Barons South Committee, Joseloff, or our town lawyer tell us the details of the asset test, what the maximum levels are, and how many of the Westport citizens looking for affordable homes make the cut? Why does this committee and the corresponding officials dodge this repeatedly?
There is an asset test. Period. This project is taking the appropiate time to get vetted, but by now, the residents of Westport should be told the full package of information, including the asset test.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport