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Friday, July 29, 2016

Westport Property Transfers July 11 - 15, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 11 - 15, 2016:

Debra A. Shaughnessy to Megan and Chris Bolan, 1 Spruce St., $987,000WNproperty.jpg

Earthplace Inc. to Jeffrey D. Warshaw, Map 10276 Parcel X., $5,000

Michael and Pamela Dedona to Dinesh and Shilpa Kumar, 8 Clayton St., $1,420,000

SIR-10 Round Pond LLC to Matthew L. Messinger and Mary St. Martin, 10 Round Pond Road, $4,143,500

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Westport Ave.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Westport Ave., in the Compo Beach area, is in process. Built in 1930, the two-story conventional has 1,626-square feet, is situated on a .11-acre property and, according to town assessor records, last changed ownership in 1999 for $615,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Staring Down 8-30g, P&Z Favors 4-Story Housing

By James Lomuscio

It looks like a four-story, 94-unit rental property on the Post Road East near the Sherwood Island Connector could be in Westport’s future -– even though the developer has offered an alternative three-story building.

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An architect’s rendering of the proposed project at 1177 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

That was the consensus of a 4 to 2 straw vote taken by Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) in a work session tonight.

The reason: the original 8-30g proposal put forth by 1177 PRE Associates LLC would give the town more affordable housing units, 30 percent, and an eight-year moratorium on how to handle the state’s affordable housing statute, 8-30g.

The developer’s second plan, put forth July 7 at the request of the P&Z, (see WestportNow July 7, 2016) would reduce the number of affordable units to 26.6 percent. That small reduction, however, would cut the number of moratorium points from 60 to 36.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 17 Bluewater Hill

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 17 Bluewater Hill, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1950, the two-story colonial has 2.454 square feet, is situated on a 1.16-acre property and changed ownership last month for $4,375,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Real Estate Report: ‘Hubbard Clause’ Appearing More Often

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

We are beginning to see more offers that include a “Hubbard clause” in Westport these days, and that may be because of the state of the market.

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Featured Home:This home at 33 Sherwood Drive is listed at $3.3 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Higgins Group, Westport

Currently, there are three homes that are under deposit"with a Hubbard clause, and their average price is $812,333. At any given time, we normally see just one in the entire town.

A Hubbard clause is when a buyer places an offer on another home subject to the sale of their own property. The clause itself is in direct reference to the buyer’s home sale.

In other words, the buyers have not yet secured a purchaser for their own home. They will need to effect that sale, and the equity from it in order to complete the purchase on their next home.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Comings & Goings: Pet Supplies Plus Closes

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Pet Supplies Plus, 1870 Post Road East near the Fairfield town line, has closed. A sign in the window says: “Hey Neigbors: We would like to inform you that our time is up. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the last 20 years of your loyalty and support.” It said to watch for a new location “coming soon.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Friday, July 22, 2016

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 28 Hillspoint Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 28 Hillspoint Road is in process. Built in 1929, the two-story conventional has 3,404-square feet, is situated on a 7.4-acre property that includes the adjacent Conservative Synogogue, 30 Hillspoint Road, and last changed ownership in January 1995 for $900,000, according to Town Assessor records. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers July 4 - 8, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 4 - 8, 2016:

Mark R. and Cathy A. Guglielmi to Lida Saw, 203 Hillspoint Road, $1,225,000WNproperty.jpg

Betsy Pollack to First Niagara Bank NA, 6 George St., $540,000

Maria G. Economos to Kimberly and Travis Pauley, 2 Viking Green, $1,480,000

Sara L. Letourneau to Jason K. Alford, 4 April Drive AKA 7 April Drive, $1,350,000

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Comings & Goings: Arby’s Out, Starbucks In On Post Road East

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Arby’s, Westport’s only drive-up fast food restaurant, is out at 1000 Post Road East and soon will be replaced by Starbucks, which is relocating from nearby 925 Post Road East. Arby’s took over the site in 2006 from Burger King, which had been there since at least 1995. The drive-through capability is especially important for Starbucks, which also has a standalone store a 1 Parker Harding Plaza. Arby’s closed on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Westport Property Transfers June 27 - July 1, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 27 - July 1, 2016:

Donald and Jane Cooke to Nahid and Richard Westwood, 33 Hermit Lane, $845,000WNproperty.jpg

Mark and Leslie Singer to James R. and Elsa B. Morgan, 30 Burr School Road, $917,000

Elizabeth Epifano to Carolynn J. Olsen, 35 Bridge St. Unit 302, $197,496

Raphael M. and Bianca P. Ornaf to Nicholas Hatsiandrou and Lamia Mounib-Hatsiandrou, 9 Edgemarth Hill, $842,500

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Honoring Our Heritage: 33 Hermit Lane

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The owners of the house at 33 Hermit Lane are the newest recipients of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Dick and Nahid Westwood who have lived in Westport since 1996 and recently purchased and moved into the historic house. According to Weingarten, the 1930-built house was designed and built by Frazier Peters for Westporter Helen Marsh. Weingarten noted that 38 of the 41 Westport houses that were designed and built by Peters still exist today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Comings & Goings: Baby Boutique Opens

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Pink Lemon Blue Lime, a baby and child boutique, has opened at the rear of 180 Post Road East, between Bay Street and Imperial Avenue. According to store manager Darcy Callahan, the store originally opened in Darien in April 2013 but recently relocated to Westport. Owner Evelina Rogers, a Fairfield resident, and her husband are the parents of five children.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

First Look: Inside and Outside Bedford Square


Bedford Square developer David Waldman today took WestportNow and Randy Herbertson, the new president of the Downtown Merchants Association, on a hard hat tour inside and outside of the former Westport Weston YMCA headquarters. He said main tenant Anthropoligie will move in first with completion now scheduled for April of 2017. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 4 Sharp Turn Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 4 SharpTurn Road, off Whitney Street, is in process. Built in 1953, the 1-1/2 story cape has 1,118-square feet and is situated on a .4-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 76 Long Lots Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 76 Long Lots Road is in process. Built in 1956, the 1-1/4 story cape has 2,349 -square feet, is situated on a 1.13-acre property and changed ownership last month for $660,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, July 08, 2016

Westport Property Transfers June 20 -24, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 20 - 24, 2016:

Judith C. Cohen to Donald J. Dykas, 20 Strathmore Lane, Taxes paid in Norwalk, $229,000WNproperty.jpg

Thomas Fino to Matthew J. Demblin, 44 Strathmore Lane, Taxes paid in Norwalk, $405,000

Tracey Crane Hennessy to Ryan A. and Teresa A. Gregory, 6 Greystone Farm Lane, $1,888,000

James M. and Sonia St. John to Michael Kos, 30 Hogan Trail, $769,000

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Thursday, July 07, 2016

At P&Z, Development’s Affordable Housing Reduction Debated

By James Lomuscio

Most who spoke at tonight’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting agreed that the planned four-story, 94-unit rental property at 1177 Post Road East had its merits: the right location, access to transportation and sewer hookups.

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Land use attorney Chris Smith explains the new 8-30g proposal to the P&Z tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

But the shortcoming with the new plan put forth by 1177 PRE Associates LLC at the behest of the P&Z since the last meeting was that the number of affordable housing units was decreased from 30 to 26.6 percent.

Members of the public who spoke, including state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member Matthew Mandell and Valerie Jacobs, co-chair of the preservation group Save Westport Now, argued that the plan needed to provide more income diversity.

More affordable units, they said, would also give the town more moratorium points to buy time against the state’s affordable housing statute, 8-30g.

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Saying Nothing Has Changed, P&Z is Quick to Deny Saugatuck Developer

By James Lomuscio

The attorney for a local developer barely got a few lines out tonight before Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) denied a proposed 1,500-foot sewer line extension.

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Carolanne Curry, who led opposition to the plan, at the P&Z meeting tonight before the vote. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The sewer line was developer Felix Charney’s needed first step to construct 155 rental housing units on Hiawatha Lane Extension in the Saugatuck section of town.

The reason for the denial by a vote of 5 to 0: nothing had changed since the last denial 18 months ago. The town’s infrastructure is simply unable to handle the additional flow at present, commissioners agreed.

At issue is the failing sewage pipe that runs from Pump No. 2 near the Black Duck restaurant to the town’s sewage treatment plant.

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Honoring Our Heritage: 59 Center St.

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The owner of the house at 59 Center St. is the newest recipient of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Susan Lloyd who, with her husband John Karrel, purchased the house 30 years ago. The 1852-built house, known as the Silas B. Sherwood, Jr House, was built as a barn and then became known as the carriage house for 61 Center St., according to Weingarten.  Lloyd, a member of the board of Westport Farmers’ Market, said, “I never in my life lived in a new building. I grew up in a 1910-built house in Southport and another old house on Imperial Avenue before buying this house.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 6 Clifford Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 6 Clifford Lane, off Old Hill Road, is in process. Built in 1944, the two-story colonial has 3,492-square feet and is situated on a two-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Old Saugatuck’s Last Neighborhood Fights for Future

By James Lomuscio

What’s at stake, to hear Carolanne Curry tell it, is the future of the last surviving neighborhood of old Saugatuck, the one not lost to 1-95 cutting a swath through this section of Westport in the 1950s.

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A developer hopes to built a 155-unit housing complex on Saugatuck’s Hiawatha Lane Extension. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo/Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

She describes the neighborhood of Hiawatha Lane Extension, where she lives, and the seven tucked away roads as “the most closely knit neighborhood in the Town of Westport.” They include Ferry Lane West, Indian Hill Road, Davenport Avenue, West End Avenue, Hiawatha Lane and Gillette Circle Drive.

“Everyone knows everyone like they have here for generations,” she says of the single-family home community once considered Westport’s unofficial Italian neighborhood. “We have picnics together. We look out for each other.”

And Thursday night, about two dozen members of Save Our Saugatuck (SOS), a neighborhood group, are expected look out for each other in force at a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting.

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Waldman Moving Ahead With Elm Street Plan

Westport developer David Waldman said today he is moving ahead with a plan to develop Elm Street next to his Bedford Square project.

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Westport developer David Waldman addresses today’s Westport Rotary Club meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Addressing the Westport Rotary Club, he also said he had been talking to “the players involved” and might be willing to revisit his plan to develop the former Save the Children building on Wilton Road. The project was turned down by a 4-3 vote earlier this year by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission. (See WestportNow March 3, 2016)

Waldman said he intends to sign an option on Wednesday to purchase 36 Elm St., currently occupied by the Villa Del Sol Mexican restaurant and empty retail space.

In an informal presentation to the P&Z in February, Waldman received a mostly positive response to a plan to swap 36 Elm St., to be torn down, for part of the town-owned Baldwin parking lot across the street. (See WestportNow Feb. 25, 2016)

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Real Estate Report: Rental Market Competitive

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

The market for rental homes in Westport remains competitive amid a 19 percent ratio of homes for rent as opposed to homes for sale.

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Featured Home: This home at 34 Lyons Plains Road is listed for rent at $6,000 per month.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Granite Studios

Currently, there are 75 homes for rent on an annual basis, 14 of which are furnished.  Sixteen homes are reported to be under some stage of deposit, and 50 properties rented in the last three months alone with an average price of $5,115 per month.

The highest priced unfurnished home for rent is a five-bedroom home on Surf Road for $30,000 per month, and the lowest priced home is a two-room efficiency on Imperial Avenue for $1,550. Average market time is 50 days.

The short term or seasonal market is not as strong this year as it has been, although it is still reasonably healthy. As of today, there are 55 short term rentals on the market. Fifty-one have rented in the past year.

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Saturday, July 02, 2016

Comings & Goings: West Comes East

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West, a fashion retailer founded this year by Westporter Laura Maged, opens next month at 117 Post Road East, occupied until June by Alex and Ani jewelry store. According to the store’s website, the concept “has been brewing for decades.” It describes the business as “a styled, edited + curated selection of the very best fashion, lifestyle, jewelry, accessories + art that la, the West Coast and (the even further west) Australia, have to offer. Mixing a vibe that is hip + cool and real + easy expect fashion you will love, art gallery openings, special trunk shows, cappuccini, specialty cocktails + occasionally, a dj.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 42 Burnham Hill

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 42 Burnham Hill, off Hillspoint Road, is in process. Built in 1953, the one-story ranch has 1,558-square feet and is situated on a .52-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, July 01, 2016

Westport Property Transfers June 13 -17, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 13 - 17, 2016:

Jones Westport LLC to Patrick Lebedis and Jennifer Prosek, 82 Compo Mill Cove, $1,455,000WNproperty.jpg

Jones Westport LLC to Patrick Lebedis and Jennifer Prosek, 81 Compo Mill Cove, $800,000

Kay Timmis Estate to AJ Investments LLC, 27 Richmondville Ave., $445,000

Harrison Whitman Trust to Terri Jean Pasquartelli, 91 Regents Park, $725,000

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 11 Ambler Road West

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 11 Ambler Road West, off Turkey Hill Road North, is in process. Built in 1963, the one-story ranch has 1,490-square feet and is situated on a .47-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 4 Mimi Lane

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UPDATE & CORRECT An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 4 Mimi Lane, off Hillspoint Road, is in process. Built in 1955, the 1-1/2 story ranch has 2,462-square feet, is situated on a .5-acre property and changed ownership last month for $880,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (An incorrect picture was posted earlier.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 63 Turkey Hill Road South

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 63 Turkey Hill Road South is in process. Built in 1900, the two-story contemporary has 4,689-square feet and is situated on a 3.01-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Westport Property Transfers June 6 -10, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 6 - 10, 2016:

Barend J. and Tony J. Vandenbrink to Thomas Foley Martin and Taran Gulliksen, 5 River Oaks Road, $705,000WNproperty.jpg

David Soriano ansd Laura S. Bard to David W. and Maura K. Hirschler, 19 Gorham Ave., $995,000

950 Post LLC to Ewkai 950 Post Road East LLC, 950 Post Road East, $5,000,000

Christopher W. Smith and Danielle Dobin Trusts to Mark and Allison Peffer, 6 Norfield Drive, $1,399,000

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