A MOVIE THEATER IN DOWNTON WESTPORT? YES TALL BUILDINGS DOWNTOWN? NO

I DID SIGN THE PETITION IN FAVOR OF THE MOVIE THEATER IN TOWN BUT DID NOT  REALIZE THE IMPLICATION OF MY SIGNATURE BECAUSE THE PETITIONER NEVER MENTIONED A CHANG OF ZONE REGULTION. I DO WANT A THEATER IN OUR DOWN TOWN BUT NOT AT THIS PRICE.

THE WESTPORT ‘S PLANING AND ZONING COMMISSION WANTS TO ALLOW A FLOATING OVERLAY ZONE IN DOWN TOWN WESTPORT ( AMENDMENT # 637 ).

THIS WOULD ALLOW: TALLER BUILDINGS

                                                      LARGER BUILDINGS

                                                     MORE BUILDINGS

WESTPORT IS A VERY DESIRABLE COMMUNITY BECAUSE OF THE UNIQUE DWONTOWN, SCHOOLS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

SPECIFICALLY OUR SMALL DOWNTOWN MAIN STREET AREA WITH ITS NEW ENGLAND STYLE IS ONE OF THE MOST SELLING POINT TO NEW BUYERS WHO ARE LOOKING TO RELOCATE.

WE ALREADY LOST SO MANY LOCAL “MOM AND pOP” STORES DUE TO HIGH RENTS, LIKE THE REMAEKABLE BOOK STORE, BILLY’S SMOKE SHOP, WESTPORT HARDWARE, MURIEL DINER , THE LIST GOES ON AND ON.HOWEVER, EVEN THOUGH THE SPECIFIC TENANTS CHANGED, THE CHARMINGLOOK OF THE DOWNTOWN DID NOT. THE AMENDMENT 637 WILL CHANGE WESTPORT FOREVER.

AS A REALTOR I MUST SAY THAT THIS WILL BE A HUGE MISTAKE FOR OUR PROPERTY VALUE. I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT THEY WANT US TO LOOK LIKE LONG ISLAND OR A SMALL NEW YORK.

EVEN THE HEADS OF THE WESTPORT CINEMA INITIATIVE TESTIFIED THAT THEY DO NOT WANT OR NEED REGULATION 637.

I URGE ALL OF YOU TO THE MEETING ON THURSDAY , SEPTEMBER 15 AT 7:30 AT WESTPORT’S TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM.

TELL THE P&Z TO KEEP BUILDINGS SMALL IN DOWNTOWN WESTPORT!

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