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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Westport Y Trustees Approve Building Sale

The Westport Weston Family Y Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to proceed with the sale of their downtown building complex, the Y said today.

The unanimous approval of the sale, recommended by the organization’s board of directors, enables authorized representatives of the Y to conduct negotiations with finalists in a bidding process that began last spring, according to a news release.

The Y is proceeding with plans to construct a new 100,000-square foot facility at its Camp Mahackeno site off Wilton Road, a project that has drawn opposition from neighbors and other Westporters.

“The Family Y will continue to operate in its current Post Road location for a number of years to come as our new facilities plan moves forward,” the announcement said.

The Y said sale of the downtown building is predicated on the fact that the current facility does not meet the needs of today’s community, nor does it allow for sufficient programs and services to keep the organization financially viable.

“Proceeds from sale of the building are a key element of the Family Y plan of finance for the new facility at Mahackeno but will be utilized to continue to deliver services to the community in some manner should that initiative fail to receive approval,” the news release said.

The staff and volunteers of the Family Y look forward to sharing news about the selected buyer of the property and corresponding plans for revitalization of this prime downtown site in the very near future, according to the announcement.

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Bad Idea

Posted by William Thornton on September 27, 2006 at 09:11 PM | #
 

Great Idea

Posted by Phil Miano on September 28, 2006 at 06:07 PM | #
 

I do not see how.  Check out the intersection at exit 41during both rush hours.  Couple that with the loss of open space, the expense of the project and the questionable environmental ramifications. I do not see a positive advantage to the project being built in that location.  It all seems a bit short sighted and thoughtless.

Posted by William Thornton on September 28, 2006 at 06:24 PM | #
 

Maybe the town should buy the current Y and use it as a town rec center. Keep the pool, etc. The cost of the purchase could maybe be funded with proceeds of bonds that are primarily backed by payments in lieu of taxes from the new Y.

Posted by Matt Fabian on September 28, 2006 at 07:33 PM | #
 

Good Idea.  But that of course would make too much sense and rival most of the narrow interests involved.

Posted by William Thornton on September 28, 2006 at 07:40 PM | #
 

It would be lovely to have both facilitys but that is not an option fiscally. The YMCA owns the land and is pursuing the development under the existing P&Z regulations that govern all of us. I’m sure that will take in to account traffic patterns and road improvement reccomendations that will be tied to the project. On a per person basis which demographic of our town most uses the YMCA? The children - in this day of skyrocketing childhood obesity it is offensive to think that one would let their personal issues take precedence over the welfare of our youth. For many years we have done just that. I say let them build on their own land subject to our existing laws. Thats the American way and how things used to before wealthy individuals found that they could buy their way using slick lawyers.

Posted by Phil Miano on September 29, 2006 at 01:54 PM | #
 

The Staples HS pool is now used for P&R lessons during the school year, and the town already owns that. 
I was going to suggest a hotel or office space, but those haven’t done well in central Westport in recent years.
Could be used as an expanded Teen Center, but there’s no revenue there.
Hmm, what would fit in that space…?

Posted by Dan Lasley on September 29, 2006 at 04:49 PM | #