Westport is about to change!
The door opened for “Big” development in Westport.
Preservationist and eight midtown neighborhoods were not heard by the majority of City Council. On Thursday, the City Council voted 8-2 to approve the rezoning plan for the Opus Development. Council members Katheryn Shields and Scott Wagner were the only no votes, citing a precedent-setting size for that location. Councilwoman Jolie Justus was the only council member to speak in favor of the proposal.
At least three sizable redevelopments are being proposed for the Old Westport area that would require zoning changes from current uses. More detailed planning is needed to guide an effective balance of change in Westport.
In anticipation, HKC is undertaking a historic resources survey to provide an inventory and assessment of the areas built environment. HKC with the Help Save Westport group has raised $25,000 to pay for a professional survey. The Westport area doesn’t have broad protection as a historic district, so redevelopment decisions are being made case by case.
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