Westport’s Baron South Committee announced it has for senior housing on the town-owned property located at the intersection of Compo Road South and Post Road East.
The review began April 13 in executive session, according to Baron South Committee Co-Chair Steve Daniels.
“These are three solid proposals and are well worth our time,” he said. “We are going to be thorough and deliberate and will take as much time as we need to make our recommendation to the First Selectman who will make the final decision.”
Proposals were submitted at the end of March by three developers: Jonathan Rose, Becker &Becker and The Hillspoint Group. and set a short-term schedule for an in depth study of each, Daniels said.
He said no timetable has been set for discussing the proposals and members of the Representative Town Meeting. Daniels previously proposed up to 100 apartment units, 60 of which would be affordable housing, but many redisdents feel the affordable housing percentage should realistically be lower.
Supporters of putting senior housing and a say it will fulfill a need and be a gem for the town. Opponents say the unknown costs and lackluster state of Westport’s finances is a dangerous combination. The land cost Westport taxpayers $7 million in 1999, but the cost of the project is still unknown.
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The Request for Proposal (RFP), which is available on the town website, tells interested development partners that the project “should be planned, designed, constructed, and managed without financial contribution from the town.”
The RFP adds: “Proposals must provide for a revenue stream and/or an initial capital payment to the town. Preference will be given to proposals that indicate the highest and most dependable revenue stream and/or initial capital payment while satisfying the Core Objectives.”
The committee will meet again in executive session Friday, April 27, and Friday, May 11.