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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

HDC Feels Condos Threaten Gorham Neighborhood

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The Historic District Commission listens to Gorham Avenue area residents comment on an application to build 20 condominiums in their neighborhood. The commission will file comments to the Planning and Zoning Commission stating that the project threatens the quality of the neigborhood and is not compatible with the other homes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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The Westport Historic District Commission will file comments that it feels a proposal to build 20 condominiums in the new Gorham Avenue Historic District would threaten the quality of the neighborhood.

The commission met tonight to determine its comments to file with the Planning and Zoning Commission on the application for 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave. The P&Z is scheduled to hold a hearing on Sept. 21.

The room was filled with residents from the neighborhood, but neither Richard Montanaro—who owns the property—nor his attorney Chris Smith was present.

Morley Boyd, a HDC member, read comments he had drafted on the application, and the rest of the commission agreed they should be the ones filed.

Boyd said the proposed condos would degrade the integrity of the neighborhood and were incompatible with its homes.

“It threatens the quality that makes the neighborhood so desirable,” he said.

A number of residents expressed support for the commission’s comments, but Chairman Don Miro said the neighbors should attend the P&Z hearing in September.

“It’s important everyone goes to the P&Z because it’s where you will have the biggest impact,” he said.


Posted 08/30/06 at 12:02 AM  Permalink


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I can’t reiterate enough what Don Miro said, people need to come out to the P&Z hearing on 9/21. And not just neighbors.

If you think this is a NIMBY issue, then you have missed the point. This zone busting application would set a precedent for our town and any neighborhood could be next.

This is NOT about affordable housing, this is about profit. This is about being able to develop, over develop, any property at the expense of the town and surrounding residents.

For more information visit www.gorhamneighbors.org These folks did great job in promoting their historic district, let’s help them preserve it.

Matthew Mandell
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Posted by Matthew Mandell on August 30, 2006 at 12:34 PM | #

Any neighborhood, including those with long-standing historic designation, could be subject to development, based on this amendment.  NO ONE, no street, no neighborhood, will be safe from overdevelopment if this goes through.  Did anyone move to Westport thinking that their property rights, and their right to chose to live in a neighborhood with a particular level of zoning, was meaningless?  That’s what it will boil down to if this developer gets his amendment passed.

Posted by laurie goldberg on August 30, 2006 at 12:45 PM | #

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