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Friday, June 13, 2014

P&Z: Daybreak Development Ideas ‘Ill Conceived’

By James Lomuscio

Land use consultant Melvin Barr, representing the new owner of the former Daybreak Nurseries property at 500 Main St., came before Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight will several options for the 2.2-acre property. Image
The Daybreak Nurseries property was purchased by a developer in February. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

In the pre-application review, he offered up the possibilities of rental senior housing, multi-family affordable housing, plus restoring the nursery’s iconic conservatory for commercial use. He even talked about the possibility of his client, Able Construction, building eight, small, single-family homes on the site, as well a previous idea for four homes.

“We want to put these ideas out there,” Barr said. “You have the opportunity to do something different.”

P&Z members, however, were not buying it, saying that the location at the intersection of Weston Road and Route 136 and not far from Merritt Parkway’s Exit 42 northbound, was already traffic congested.

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