New Resident, Retail, Restaurant Complex Coming to Downtown Westport

Upon completion, Bedford Square, which will be located at 59 Post Road East, the current location of the YMCA, will house 30 residential units and nearly 60,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and office space.


Developers of the Bedford Square project formally submitted their plans to the Town of Westport Tuesday, officially launching an exciting mixed use project that will reinvigorate and reconnect the downtown area with new retail, office, restaurant and residential space, according to Karen Johnson, spokesperson for the project development team.

Bedford Square’s , and will have a distinctive architectural design that extends the historic aesthetic of two iconic buildings (Bedford Mansion and the firehouse) to the retail and residential areas.

Upon completion, , restaurant, and office space.

“We have listened carefully and respectfully to the Westport community and created a plan that is appropriately designed and scaled to the surrounding areas,” Johnson said. “The Bedford Square project will connect the residential neighborhood with the downtown commercial area, and will bring great energy to downtown Westport for all who live, work and play there.”


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Surrounded by supporters from the downtown neighborhood, Bedford Square Associates announced their plans at a press conference Tuesday. The project, designed by architects Centerbrook Architects and Planners, will be in context with both the aesthetic and scale of the surrounding neighborhoods, and will include concealed parking, wider tree-lined sidewalks, public walkways and generous courtyards, in addition to the two repurposed historic buildings and new commercial and residential space.

“This is a great project that will benefit Westport in many ways – the repurposing of the historic Bedford Mansion and adjacent firehouse will highlight this area and solidify its position as the historic gateway to downtown Westport.  With a thoughtful balance of retail, office space, restaurants and residential units, Bedford Square will bring a new energy to the entire area,” Johnson said. 

“Bedford Square will also bring a variety of other valuable amenities to downtown, from the much-needed parking, the pedestrian friendly sidewalks, courtyards and quaint walkways, and a variety of different sized retail, restaurant and office spaces, all of which will significantly enhance and compliment the historic beauty and charm of its surroundings, Johnson added.”

Bedford Square has filed their project with the Town of Westport, and a complete overview can be found by visiting its website at www.bedfordsquare.com

sinbad September 26, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Will this new development tear down the historic Victorian Houses on Church Lane? Last year there was a huge battle between the former (disgraced) P&Z, their developer buddies & Westport residents to prevent the defacing of Church Lane and the rest of downtown. It resulted in residents voting in a new P&Z that promised to protect the town from commercial exploitation.
Chris Rueli September 26, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Last November Westport's Planning and Zoning Commission denied a request from the Bedford Square Associates to change the zoning for the house at 35 Church Lane. This would have enabled the Bedford Square Associates to combine the YMCA and 35 Church Lane into one property, which would have allowed the Bedford Square project to be much larger and would have included an underground garage. I do believe the Victorian house at 35 Church Lane will be removed.
enviro September 26, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Lots of buildings, a few trees, lots of pavers, but No grass anywhere in the drawing!
hillary chase September 26, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Only after hundreds of people stormed the P&Z meeting demanding that they deny the developers' request was the project denied. Part of the demand was to save the Victorian house. It was written up in Patch before this very biased editor arrived with his pro-developer feature op-eds. Here is one of the early Patch articles that are not being permitted anymore: http://westport.patch.com/articles/paving-paradise
Carol Buffinton October 04, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Yes it would. Add your voice to those of other Westporters who have growing concern about the height, mass and size of this projext with much hardscape and tiny green space.


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