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Main Street Properties Sold for $24.2 Million

Main Street properties comprised of Gap Kids and six adjoining retailers have changed hands for $24.2 million, evidence that despite a real estate downturn elsewhere, Westport’s Main Street continues to attract top dollar.WestportNow.com Image
Gap Kids was one of the retailers involved in the $24.2 million Main Steet sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Sale of the buildings at 33-51 Main St. was recorded Thursday in the Town Clerk’s office. The seller was 33-51 Main Street Associates Limited Partnership controlled by Westport developer David Waldman.

The buyer was WinWest 3351 Main, LLC, owned by Rye, N.Y.-based Win Properties. The group also owns the building housing Tiffany’s at Post Road East and Taylor Place as well as the old Westport Public Library, diagonally across the street and home to Starbucks and HSBC Bank.

In addition to Gap Kids at 35 Main St., the tenants of the 35-51 Main St. include Acqua Ristorante, 43 Main St.; Claire’s 45 Main St.; L’Occitane en Provence, 47 Main St., Lucky Brand Blue Jeans, 49 Main St., and Janie and Jack, 51 Main St.

Sherwood Island Celebrates 70th Birthday

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Sherwood Island State Park celebrates its 70th birthday on Sunday, and a celebration is scheduled for Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

On any given day at Sherwood Island State Park, people from all walks of life from a variety of urban and inland locations can be spotted sitting on the beach, fishing along the point or enjoying a nature walk.

For nearly 70 years, the state’s oldest park, which is nestled along Westport’s coast line, has provided people who don’t have access to an outdoor space or the beach a place to visit. The park will celebrate its birthday this weekend with a host of activities planned for Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

“It’s breathing space for people in cities,” said Marilyn Bakker, who compiled a history of the park for the Friends of Sherwood Island. “Although the park is in Westport, it draws people from Bridgeport and Norwalk. We have people who come from New York. It’s a getaway for them.”

Hope Hageman, who helped found the friends, said many people don’t realize Sherwood Island is Westport’s largest piece of open space at 235 acres.

Clergy Share Stories from Israel Trip

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The Rev. Ed Horne (l) of Weston-Westport United Methodist Church and the Rev. John Branson of Westport’s Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church told the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club this morning about their recent ecumenical trip to Israel. Also along on the 12-day journey in February were 12 Christian pastors from Connecticut and two rabbis, including Rabbi Robert Orkand from Westport’s Temple Israel. Several members of the Connecticut Anti-Defamation League also were in the group. The trip, which included visits to Biblical and historical sites and meetings with Jewish and Arab officials, was made to achieve a better understanding of the political and social climate of the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Flash Flood Warning Issued

The National Weather Service Office in Upton, N.Y. today issued a flash flood warning for Westport and portions of the tri-state aea.

It said Doppler radar indicated moderate to heavy rain falling across the area and rainfall rates of up to 1 inch in one hour have been observed and locally higher amounts area possible. This will result in flash flooding of low lying areas and along small streams.

More than 2 inches of rain have fallen in Westport since midnight, according to local weather stations. 

A mid-morning advisory said additional heavy rainfall trailing from central New Jersey will be moving into the warned area during the next few hours hours, continuing the threat for additional flash flooding of low lying areas and along small streams.

Conservation Approves Y Plan

By Jennifer Connic

After months of hearings, deliberations and controversy, the Westport Conservation Commission tonight approved the Westport Weston Family Y’s application to construct a new facility at Camp Mahackeno.

The commission voted 6-1 in favor of the application with William Blaufuss voting against the project. Blaufuss voted against and in favor of the plan in two preliminary votes earlier this week.

The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) still has the right to review—and possibly overturn—both the Conservation Commission’s approval as well as the earlier approval by the Flood and Erosion Control Board if asked to do so within 30 days. The RTM must act within 90 days of receiving a petition for review from either two members or 20 electors.

Westport Weston Family Y officials are planning to move their facility from the corner of Main Street and Post Road East in the downtown area to Camp Mahackeno adjacent to the Merritt Parkway. The plans include a septic system—called FAST—that would handle 34,000 gallons of sewage and water per day. The plans now need Planning and Zoning Commission approval.

Learning About Weather

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Cablevision News12 Meteorologist Paul Piorek gave a presentation today to children about weather at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center to kick off Green Earth activities which run through Sunday. Highlights include the Green Earth Gala Friday night and the Green Living Fair Saturday and Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Devon Road

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Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the 1940 house at 5 Devon Road. The 3,550-square-foot house is on a 0.88-acre property in the Greens Farms area.  Because the house is over 60 years old, the demolition application will be reviewed by the Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com