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Sunday, December 16 News

Developers propose Post Road mixed-use development, P&Z delays decision

WESTPORT — The trend toward more mixed-use developments and townhouse-style homes continues in Westport, with the latest application for such a construction project proposed for 793 Post Road E.

Mel Barr, of Barr Associates, first brought the proposal for a mixed-use development with retail, office and residential uses before the Planning and Zoning Commission in September and spoke before P&Z again on March 1, asking the commissioners to approve a special permit and site plan for the project.

The commission opted not to render a final decision on whether to approve the project and instead voted 4 to 2, with one abstention, to close the public hearing and push off making the decision for another week.

The property, which DMC Westport LLC bought for $2,500,000 in 2016, houses an office and parking lot and, if the project is approved, would tear down the property’s existing structures to build six new buildings, including four residential-only buildings and two mixed-use buildings.

A total of 30 rental dwelling units are planned for the property, with six studios, eight one-bedroom units, two two-bedroom units and 14 two-bedroom townhouse-style units, with 20 percent of the overall units designated affordable.

Several residents of Ruta Court, which sits to the east of the property, have voiced concerns the three-story development may not match the character of the residential homes of Ruta Court, add light pollution and traffic to the neighborhood and perhaps damage the adjoining wetlands.

P&Z was expected to render a final decision on the property at its March 8 work session.

svaughan@hearstmedia

ct.com; @SophieCVaughan1

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