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Group Quits Fight Over Family Y's Move

After years of rallying to keep the Westport Weston Family Y in downtown Westport, the grassroots organization Y Downtown is calling it quits and will not contest the most recent legal ruling on the matter.

In January, Stamford Superior Court Judge A. William Mottolese dismissed an appeal, filed by Y Downtown, against the Westport Planning & Zoning Commission's approval of the Family Y's application to build a 102,000-square-foot facility at Mahackeno.

After the ruling, Y Downtown had 20 days to request an appeal before the Connecticut Appellate Court. But in a recently released statement, Indy Goldberg and Debbie McGinley, co-directors of Y Downtown, said they would not continue the fight.

"We do not agree with Judge Mottolese's decision to uphold the project's P&Z approval, and we maintain that there are many issues with the decision, including but not limited to safety and traffic concerns, possible environmental damage and the appropriateness of building a commercial facility in a residential area," Goldberg and McGinley wrote. "We have concluded, however, that an appeal to the next level would not be productive."

The Y Downtown's decision not to appeal the latest court ruling came as good news to Iain Bruce, president of the Family Y's Board of Directors.

"The latest developments confirm that since the initial decision to move to Mahackeno so many years ago, we have made a lot of good decisions, made them carefully, and that we have done the right thing all along," Bruce said in a statement. "We hope that we can all collectively look forward to seeing the new Family Y as an integral part of the community in which we can all take pride."

Related story: New Family Y Gains Court Approval

Do you think Y Downtown should have continued its fight to keep the Family Y downtown? Or are you looking forward to a new facility at Mahackeno? Tell us what you think below!

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