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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Westport Inn to Go “Green,” Remain Under Same Management

The new owner of the Westport Inn said today that the 115-room facility will undergo a major renovation to make it environmentally friendly.WestportNow.com Image
The Westport Inn will undergo an extensive “green” modernization. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

New York-based Ranger Properties LLC also said it has retained the Meyer Jabara organization of Danbury, which has managed the property for the past four years, to continue to manage the hotel.

“The excellent staff at the hotel is expected to remain in place,” the company said in a news release.

The almost 4-acre property, Westport’s largest hotel and a mainstay on Post Road East for decades, was sold last week for $13.1 million (See WestportNow Oct. 29, 2007)

Ranger Properties, operating as 1595 Post Equities LLC, said it plans a major modernization of the facility’s guest rooms and public area involving an environmentally sound design.

The hotel will feature a green roof to improve rainwater runoff and reduce cooling energy consumption as well high efficiency lighting and building materials, the company said.

“From linens and towels of organically grown cotton to plates and light bulbs, every product used in the hotel will be vetted for its environmental impact,” the news release said.

The hotel will remain open during the renovation, which will take place in phases over the next one to two years, it said.

No decision has been made on whether the property will remain independent or become an affiliate of a hotel group. The principals of Ranger Properties were recently involved in development of the Capitol Hill Courtyard by Marriott in Washington, D.C.

The company said it has hired Beinfield Architecture PC of Norwalk for the redesign assignment. Bruce Beinfield, principal of the firm, is a Westport native and 1970 graduate of Staples High School.

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