Saturday, February 24, 2024

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 500 Main St.

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An application for a permit to demolish the building at Westport’s 500 Main St. is in process. Built in 1900, the one-story commercial structure, formerly occupied by Daybreak Nurseries (see WestportNow April 30, 2104), has 3,211 square feet, is situated on a 1.56-acre property and changed ownership this month for $1,350,000, which includes the property recorded as 498 Main St. Because the structure was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. The purchaser has said four homes will be built on the combined 2.2-acre site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Main Street Closures

Westport’s Main Street from the Post Road East to Elm Street will be closed today from 2 p.m. to approximately 10 p.m. for the Westport Downtown Merchant Association’s Art About Town Opening Night Street Party that will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The pedestrian tunnel between Main Street and Parker Harding Plaza will be closed from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Marpe ‘Disappointed’ at Cell Tower Balloon Test

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe says that he will press AT&T and North Atlantic Towers to find “other locations and technologies” better suited for the town than the proposed cell tower at 92 Greens Farms Road.

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Site of the proposed cell tower at 92 Greens Farms Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Marpe made his comment in a statement Wednesday following his office receiving notice that North Atlantic will be floating two balloons, one at 150 feet, the other at 110, to evaluate the top of the tower height, as well as obstructions.

Marpe said that the test is scheduled for June 3 weather permitting, or June 4 and 5 if necessary.

“While the formal application to the Connecticut Siting Council has not been filed, nor has the required technical report been submitted to the town, North Atlantic Towers apparently intends to do this preliminary balloon test,” Marpe said. “I was surprised and disappointed to receive this announcement.”

Back on Track

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The first train makes its way across the Metro-North bridge at South Norwalk today after the bridge was repaired. According to a Metro North spokesman, the bridge is 117 years old and needs major work. Failure to close the bridge in the early morning hours disrupted the morning commute, forcing travelers to take shuttle buses between East Norwalk and South Norwalk.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com