Westport Developer David Waldman was back before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight to float a new idea to develop downtown’s Elm Street.
The property at 36 Elm St. would be turned into a parking lot to be swapped for town-owned land in the Baldwin lot across the street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
In an informal presentation to the body, Waldman sought feedback on a plan to swap the property at 36 Elm St., currently occupied by the Villa Del Sol Mexican restaurant and empty retail space, for part of the town-owned Baldwin parking lot across the street.
There, behind the Lux Bond & Green Store at 136 Main St., he proposed building a 9,750-square foot building housing a relocated Villa Del Sol, retail space, and four apartments, including one affordable one.
Waldman, who is a principal in developing the Bedford Square project adjoining 36 Elm St., said as part of the swap, he is considering buying the 36 Elm St. property for $5.1 million, knocking it down, and turning it into what would become town parking.
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight made it official – the Boathouse Restaurant at the privately owned Saugatuck Rowing Club, 521 Riverside Ave., can be open to the public. Responding positively to an application by the club’s owners, P&Z Chair Chip Stephens praised the club for its contribution to the town. But at the same time he told Greenwich businessman Howard Winklevoss, representing the owners, that the restaurant, which had been approved for members’ only, represented another example of “coming back for something that has been in violation really for 15 years now.” Winklevoss said having the restaurant officially open to the public was necessary to make it economically viable. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Famed actor Estelle Parsons (l) unites tonight with Westporter Irma Schachter in the Green Room following the work in progress playreading of “Out of the Mouths of Babes” at the Westport Country Playhouse. Parsons and Schachter graduated from Connecticut College for Women class of 1949, where they began a lifetime friendship. Schachter said they last got together in 2009 at the class’s 50th reunion in New London. The play begins previews at the Cherry Lane Theatre, New York on June 7 and will run through July 17. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Author Eric Burns tells a Westport Library audience tonight about his latest book, “The Golden Lad: The Haunting Story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt.” Among the anecdotes he told about Quentin, Roosevelt’s youngest son, was the time he brought snakes into a White House meeting the president was having with his attorney general. While Roosevelt’s cabinet minister recoiled with fright from the sight, Roosevelt calmy told his son he should take his snakes to an outer room where a bunch of congressmen were waiting to meet with him. Burns, a longtime Westporter now living in Ridgefield, also recounted pillow fights Roosevelt had with his children at Sagamore Hill, Roosevelt’s Long Island home. “Pillow fights to the Roosevelts of Sagamore Hill were what touch football was to the Kennedys at Hyannisport,” Burns said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Connecticut’s finances were dealt a major blow today when nonpartisan analysts downgraded projected income tax receipts by hundreds of millions of dollars for this fiscal year and next.
The new report from the Office of Fiscal Analysis, coupled with earlier projections, now means:
— The current fiscal year’s budget could be as much as $266 million in deficit.
— The original budget for 2016-17, adopted last June, now is almost $900 million out of balance.
— Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to adjust 2016-17 is as much as $410 million in the red — and that’s assuming legislators agree to cut $570 million from the previously approved 2016-17 plan, as the governor has proposed.
UPDATE Westport police and fire units were kept busy early today responding to reports of trees and wires down. Winds gusted to more than 50 mph.
Weston Road at Lyons Plains Road was among roads closed by fallen trees and/or power lines, but it reopened at 7 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Eversouce reported just before midnight that 43 Westport customers still were without power, down from 445 earlier in the day.
Multiple roads were blocked by downed trees and/or power lines, according to police. As a result, all public schools closed for the day—something that has not occurred in this manner since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
Police said trees or wires caused closures at 79 Coleytown Road, Weston Road at the town Line (reopened at 7 a.m.), 109 Greens Farms Road, 37 Prospect Road, Sasco Creek Road, 24 Sylvan Lane North, and Evergreen Avenue.
Ann R. Caputo of Westport died Feb. 25 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 89.
Born in South Norwalk, she was a longtime resident of Westport. She retired as a switchboard operator for American Executive Center in Westport.
During her teenage years, she sang country music on the radio. She enjoyed gardening, and cooking for her family and friends.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Caputo, Jr. and his wife Rose, and Timothy F. Caputo and his wife Linda, all of Norwalk; a brother, Thomas Milazzo of Florida and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Michael Caputo, Sr., as well as brothers Frank and Peter Milazzo, and sister Josephine Bassett.