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Westport Seeks Hospitality Consultant For Inn At Longshore

Westport is seeking a consultant to help plan long-term capital improvements at the Inn at Longshore.
Westport is seeking a consultant to help plan long-term capital improvements at the Inn at Longshore. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- First Selectman Jim Marpe has announced that the Town of Westport is issuing a request for proposal seeking a hospitality consultant to assist in planning for long-term capital improvements to the Town-owned Inn at Longshore.

The Inn has recently seen a major upgrade and renovation of its restaurant facility, which is leased to sub-tenant Pearl at Longshore.

The Town’s primary tenant, Longshore Associates of Westport, and the Town have had initial discussions regarding long-term capital improvements for the balance of the facility, including the ballroom, overnight accommodations and other portions of the Inn.

“Improving our relationship with Longshore Associates and planning for the Inn’s future has been one of my top priorities since 2014, when I first asked Charlie Haberstroh to be the Town’s representative in this process,” said Marpe. “In that regard, we have started a very cooperative discussion with Longshore Associates.

"Specifically, the Town and Longshore Associates need to identify capital improvements for the Inn at Longshore that will ensure that the facility remains first-rate for many years into the future. The Town is issuing an RFP in order to obtain the services of a hospitality consultant that will assist in identifying those areas that will provide for the Inn’s continuing viability, attractiveness and profitability for the next generation of Westporters.”

Longshore Associate’s principal, Rory Tagert, said he welcomes the dialogue with the Town.

“As the long-term tenant of the Inn at Longshore, I am very interested in identifying those capital improvements that will guarantee that the Inn remains a top-notch facility in the decades ahead,” he said. “I look forward to the Town’s report and to a continuation of our discussions.”

It is anticipated that an appropriation before the Board of Finance will be scheduled within the next 60 days.

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