Tuesday, July 22, 2014
By James Lomuscio
Of the 3,143 Westporters who took took the Downtown Steering Committee’s (DSC) online survey, not to mention the hundreds who took park in two visioning workshops last month, the majority want flood ready parking and buildings, a pedestrian bridge across the Saugatuck River, a waterfront park and crosswalk improvements.
What they do not want are modern looking buildings, parking meters, awnings along the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge, diagonal parking in front of set back stores and a community center.
These findings were unveiled tonight in the Town Hall auditorium as DCS officials and representatives from the RBA Group hired to devise the downtown master plan presented the results of community input to an audience of about 50.
Three more specific downtown workshops will be held; July 28 on the Westport Library and the Levitt Pavilion, Aug. 6 on the Bedford Square project and the Kemper-Gunn House move, and Aug.11 on the Westport Cinema Initiative, according to Melissa Kane, DSC chairwoman.
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