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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Bridge Street Area Seeks National Register Status

A proposed Bridge Street National Register Historic District will be the focus of a public information hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Town Hall in Room 307-309 at 7 p.m., officials announced today.

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The William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge is part of a proposed Bridge Street National Register Historic District. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Historic District Commission (HDC) meeting will explore the proposed district, which includes 12-35 Bridge St., 190 and 192 Compo Road South, 169,179 and 184-189 Imperial Ave., 1 Saxon Lane and the historic William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge spanning the Saugatuck River.

According to HDC Chairman Randy Henkels, the meeting aims to inform the property owners within the proposed boundary of the honorary designation and to provide a forum for discussion and questions.

The State Historic Preservation Review Board is scheduled to nominate the area to the National Register of Historic Places on Dec. 1.

Jenny Scofield, National Register Coordinator from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will discuss the neighborhood’s eligibility for the listing, the benefits of the designation to the property owners, and the mechanism for objections to the designation, Henkels said.

According to Henkels, the Bridge Street National Register Study was prepared by a consulting team from Public Archaeology Laboratory. He said a draft of the nomination form is available on the town website, https://www.westportct.gov/index.aspx?page=54.

He added that the project is fully funded by a $15,000 grant from the SHPO Department of Economic and Community Development.

“The HDC is excited to undertake this nomination, at the request of residents of the neighborhood, to recognize the historic importance of this distinctive area of Westport and the contribution it has made to shaping the character of our town,” Henkels said.

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