Saturday, February 13, 2016
Westport-based Saugatuck Sweets, the popular ice cream and candy store at 575 Riverside Ave. that opened in April 2014, has opened its second location at 28 Reef Road in Fairfield. It is co-owned by Westporters Al DiGuido and Pete Romano. The 1,600-square foot facility – almost twice the size of Westport—includes a second floor for birthday parties for up to 60 people “We’re even more excited about the Fairfield location which has so much more daytime activity than our Saugatuck location,” said DiGuido. “We’re prepared for a major onslaught of customers here. We’re ready to rock.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, February 12, 2016
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 25 - 29, 2016:
Joan K. Lasner Estate to Sara L. Fliess, 133 Harvest Commons, $715,000
Frank Marini to Glen Kinen, 14 Sunrise Road, $1,395,000
Roseville Estates Inc. to 1177 PRE Assoc. LLC, 1177 Post Road East, $6,800,000
SIR-7 Peach Lott LLC to Kohler Living Trust, Anne-Laure and Olivier Kohler-Blanc Trust, 7 Peach Lot Place, $3,050,000
Thursday, February 11, 2016
By Dave Matlow
The 39-year-old office building at 500 Post Road East, across from Westport Fire Headquarters, is getting a green makeover.
The building, former home of Terex Corp., changed ownership in March 2012 for $9 million. Timon Malloy, president of Stamford-based Fred F. French Investing LLC , the new owner, said innovation of the 37,000-square foot building is being completed in two phases with final completion projected for 2017.
The former Westport resident said the initial phase, the 15,000-square foot third floor, is well underway. Then the second phase will begin—renovation of the entrance level and second floor.
“The building will be totally green, a shift from the original structure, which lacked proper insulation and was mainly electric powered,” said Malloy, son of the late Westport artist Susan Malloy.
Lester’s, a clothing, shoes and accessories store, with contemporary fashions, will open next month at 605 Post Road East (opposite Fresh Market) in the space previously occupied by WishList that closed last month after 18 years. Westport will be the fifth location for the chain that has other locations in New York City’s Upper East Side as well as in Greenvale, Rye Brook and Brooklyn, N.Y. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Shoe-Inn, the women’s designer shoe store for four decades at 38 Main St., has reopened across the street at 21 Main St. next to Pottery Barn. The new space was formerly occupied by Henry Lehr. Shoe-Inn has seven other stores located in New Jersey, Westchester County, New York City, and Long Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Bob Weingarten (l), Westport Historical Society house historian, presents Westporter Simon Hallgarten (whose wife, Robbyn, could not be present) with a recent photograph of their 36 Narrow Rocks Road home, built in 1795, and, through lenticular photographic imaging, a replica of the house as it appeared in 1935. The lenticular imaging was created by Westport graphic artist Miggs Burroughs (r). The photographs are part of the collection of 131 photographs of Westport houses taken in 1935 seen in the exhibit “Window to Westport’s Past and Present” at the Westport Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
This lenticular image by Westport artist Miggs Burroughs shows Westport’s 36 Narrow Rocks Road today and as it appeared in 1935. The work is part of the current Westport Historical Society (WHS) exhibit “Window to Westport’s Past and Present.” Lenticular by Miggs Burroughs
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
Negotiating your home sale or purchase in Westport is a fine art, and you or your agent should look for clues to decipher the personalities, timing, and communication styles involved in order to best negotiate an agreement.
Some people reply as quickly as possible, yet others have to mull things over before they give an answer.
Know which type of personality you are dealing with. A fast counter-offer may not necessarily mean the other side is overly anxious, and a slower than expected response does not always mean that the other party is not motivated or interested in pursuing a transaction.
One wrong move in negotiations can either cost you money, or even lose the deal, so be very careful. Emotions can run high, and tempers can flare over otherwise minor items.
By Tom Condonwww.ctmirror.org
Dixwell Avenue in Hamden is an inelegant and jumbled commercial strip, a paean to post-World War II planning, a hurried venue for cars where pedestrians or bike riders venture at considerable risk. For example, at the 1950s-era Hamden Plaza, diners leaving Panera Bread on one side of the mall often find the parking lot so vast and uninviting that they get in their cars to pilgrimage to Ashley’s Ice Cream on the other side.
But over time Dixwell and Hamden’s other two major commercial thoroughfares, State Street and Whitney Avenue, may take on a friendlier look and scale; indeed Whitney already is.
Hamden has joined a quiet revolution going on across the country in an area not usually associated with revolutionary fervor: zoning. Instead of focusing on what a building is used for, as traditional zoning does, the new approach, called “form-based zoning,” concentrates on what a building looks like — its form — and how it relates to the street and the neighborhood.
Advocates say the focus on the physical form of buildings encourages diverse, attractive and walkable streets, protects the character of neighborhoods and encourages development by making it more predictable and less administratively cumbersome.
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Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Riverside Barber Shop, 231 Post Road West, above Greg & Tony salon, has opened under new ownership. Continuing a tradition, owner Tammy Stefanidis of Westport said the shop will soon celebrate the 90th anniversary since founded on Riverside Avenue in 1927 by John Santella, followed by his son Lou Santella and then owned by Pat Vigilio since November 1999 when he relocated the business to its current location. (See WestportNow Aug 29, 2009, Feb. 22, 2010 and March 27, 2010) Vigilio recently retired and relocated to Florida, according to Stefanidis. She said she worked for Vigilio for seven years until 2006 and then spent the past 10 years as a homemaker raising her family. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sola Salons will open this month on the ground floor level at 495 Post Road East, adjacent to the Steinway store, according to co-owners and Westport residents Rich and Holly Bobrow (above). Rich Bobrow said the 6,000 square feet facility has 26 “studios,” each available for “experienced hair stylists and other beauty professionals to open their own business in a turnkey, fully equipped setup.” He added, “Sola empowers its stylists to develop their businesses and realize their dreams.” The Westport site, the fifth in Connecticut, is one of 250 location throughout the country. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, February 05, 2016
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 18 - 22, 2016:
Gregory J. Sarno to Paul Bruneau, 28 Treadwell Ave., $590,000
Joseph E. Schott and Carin-Anna Pfeiffer to Michael and Colleen Cuffaro, 20 Baker Ave., $580,000
Alexander G. and Gaelle L. Dudley to Jeffrey D. and Betsy H. Clachko, 7 Pine St., $1,665,000
36 Whitney LLC to Anthony Demeo, 36 Whitney St., $2,500,000
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 1 Conte Place off Harbor Road in the Saugatuck Shores section is in process. Built in 1928, the one-story ranch has 1,539-square feet, is situated on a .14-acre property and, according to town assessor records, last changed ownership in November 1999 for $485,000. 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
Monday, February 01, 2016
Two buildings on Post Road East owned by Westport’s Kowalsky family have been sold for $10.8 million, Southport-based Angel Commercial, L.L.C., announced today.
The sales followed the October 2013 sale by the family of The Village Center at 605–645 Post Road East, which includes Fresh Market, for $54.25 million. (See WestportNow Oct. 24, 2013)
The property at 1141 Post Road East, headquarters for more than 30 years of Kowalsky Brothers Construction, was purchased by an LLC controlled by Westport’s Coastal Construction Group for $4 million, an announcement said. It said Coastal plans to create a mixed-used development made up of retail and residential units.
The building at 1177 Post Road East was purchased by an LLC controlled by Investment Capital Holdings LLC for $6.8 million, the announcement said. The Kowalsky family constructed the 42,624-square foot multi-tenanted office building in 1980.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 18 Keyser Road, near Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1940, the 1-1/2 story cape has 1,721-square feet, is situated on a .27-acre property and, according to town assessor records, last changed ownership in January 2013 for $975,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (Editor’s note: An earlier posting of this address pictured an incorrect house.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, January 29, 2016
Green&Tonic, a health food eatery, will open in April at the corner of Jesup Road and Taylor Place, the former site of Crumbs, which closed in November 2015 (see WestportNow Nov. 10, 2015.) The Cos Cob-headquartered business, founded in 2011 by Jeff and Cal Pandolfino, opened in Darien (1098 Boston Post Road) and Cos Cob (7 Strickland Ave.) in 2012, Greenwich (85 Railroad Ave.) in 2013 and New Canaan (5 Burtis Ave.) in 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 18 Evergreen Parkway is in process. Built in 1946, the 1-3/4 story cape has 2,203-square feet and is situated on a .32-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
Michaels, an arts and crafts retail chain, will open soon at 1850 Post Road East, in the Westport Plaza Shopping Center anchored by HomeGoods. The 19,300-square feet space was last occupied by Walgreens which closed in May 2015 (see WestportNow April 24, 2015). Other Michaels stores in Connecticut are in Wilton, Stamford, Milford, Brookfield, Waterbury, Meriden, New Britain, Berlin and Avon. Based in Irving, Texas, Michaels was founded in 1973 and has 1,262 stores in 49 states. It is the largest arts and crafts specialty retailer in North America. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The newest recipient of an historic plaque from the Westport Historical Society (WHS) are owners of the circa 1869-built Italianate-style house, now known as the Perry-Crossman-Driscoll house, 130 Riverside Ave. Bob Weingarten (r), WHS house historian and plaque coordinator, presented Ann Driscoll with a plaque. Members of the sixth generation Westport Driscoll family were present for the presentation and to celebrate Ann’s birthday. The Driscolls have occupied the house since 1964. Weingarten said John W. Perry built the house in 1869, and lived in it for three years. The Crossman family lived in it from 1882 to 1964, he said.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 11 - 15, 2016:
Rose J. Eletto Estate to Fine Builders LLC, 133 North Ave., $1,175,000
Jeffrey D. and Betsy H. Clachko to Frank and Kelly Lynn Cummins Rossetti, 205 Wilton Road, $995,000
Stephen E. Myers Trust to John G. and Bonnie N. Edelman, 4 Maintou Road, $4,500,000
Rand D. Rockmore and Rae Lynn Ambach to William and Meghann Solosy, 18 Tupelo Road, $1,162,500
Thursday, January 28, 2016
By James Lomuscio
Saying that traffic, safety and environmental impact should not be sacrificed for affordable housing, a number of residents at tonight’s Westport Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting spoke against a developer’s plan.
It calls for a six-story, 48-unit multi-family housing project with 15 affordable units at the busy intersection of Wilton Road and Kings Highway North.
Fairfield attorney John Fallon, representing the developer of the project, Garden Homes Management, put forth the application for the development at 122 Wilton Road.
He said the project would meet the requirements of the controversial 8-30g affordable housing statute, under which the application was being made. The statute allows developers to override local zoning laws if the town does not have 10 percent of its housing stock classified as affordable, which Westport does not.
‘By James Lomuscio
In a straw vote tonight, Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted 5 to 2 to deny a proposed Riverwalk text amendment.
The amendment would facilitate a local developer’s plans to build a two-story, 25,000-square-foot office building and a 47-foot tall residential building for between 15 to 17 condominiums at the former Save the Children site at 54 Wilton Road.
Following the commission’s work session straw vote, P&Z Director Laurence Bradley said he would prepare a negative resolution that the commission could vote on at its next meeting Thursday, Feb. 4.
The planned 47-foot building, 12 feet higher that what is currently allowed, seemed the Achilles heel of the text amendment that aims to create a new Riverwalk District (RD) in a current General Business District (GBD) along the west bank of the Saugatuck River.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 32 Woodside Ave. in the Old Hill section is in process. Built in 1850, the 1-3/4 story cape has 1,859-square feet, is situated on a .97-acre property and, according to Town Assessor records, last changed ownership in Octobe 2002 for $559,000. 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
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 6 Evans Court off Old Road is in process. Built in 1962, the one-story split level has 1,534-square feet and is situated on a one-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
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
By Judy Szablak
Finding your next real estate agent to help you sell or buy a home in Westport does not have to be a daunting task.
You may have a real estate agent that you have worked with in the past, and has done a good job for you. In that case, it’s easy.
However, if that’s not the case, you’ll need to strategize to find the best fit.
Many people have friends in real estate. However, that is not necessarily always the best route to go, mainly because your finances and personal business will be an open book to that person, which some prefer not to divulge.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Device ER, a cell phone and computer repair shop, has opened at 417 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center. According to manager Jason Rinaldi (above), it is the third location for the young, rapidly growing company founded by Stratford resident Dave Cordisco. Rinaldi said the first store opened one year ago at 607 Main St., Norwalk and six months ago at 550 Boston Post Road, Orange. A graduate of Platt Tech High School in Milford, Rinaldi, 20, said plans are in the works for adding more Device ER stores in the near future. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, January 22, 2016
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 4 - 8, 2016:
Maureen D. Lyons to Jennifer Speciale and Lorenzo Agnoloni, 69 Newtown Turnpike, $659,800
Lillian Rossen Estate to Patricia Ryder, 35 Bridge St. Unit 205, $207,834
Damien P. and Sandra E. Angulo McClave to David Adamo, 9 Forest Drive, $780,000
18 Dover Road LLC to Eric Swanson, 18 Dover Road, $2,050,000
Westport’s Post 154, which closed Monday at 154 Post Road East because the restaurant’s owners are selling it, have gone to contract with a company that plans to open another restaurant there this year, it was announced today. Laura Leeds, principal of Weston-based Simon David Real Estate representing Post 154, said that the seller is under a confidentiality agreement with the buyer of the business in the former U.S. Post Office building. The restaurant space consists of approximately 9,000 square feet spread over two floors. “A new restaurant will be taking over the space; it will be this year,” Leeds said. “That’s the good news for Westport.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Cake Box, a bakery offering cakes, cookies, cupcakes and coffee as well as nut-free and gluten-free baked goods, will open Feb. 2 in the lower level of 10 Bay St., behind the former Post 154 Restaurant, according to Robert Byrnes, a Ridgefield resident, who co-owns the business with his wife, Jordan Gregory. The couple also own two bakeries in Ridgefield, Cake Box at 1 Big Shop Lane since April 2010, and Swoon, a nut-free, gluten-free bakery at 109 Danbury Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Harvest Restaurant, 36 Railroad Place in the space formerly occupied by Mario’s Place, has opened. For now, it is dinner only beginning at 5 p.m., according to a person answering the phone at the restaurant with plans to open for lunch in several weeks. The owners also operate Cava in New Canaan, Harvest in Greenwich, New Haven, Scena in Darien, and 55 Degrees in Fairfield. Mario’s closed in April 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com