It's hard not to notice the historic Sherwood House on Church Lane in Westport. Cloaked in blue plastic tarps, the dilapidated 1802 Federal-style building has seen better days. But even better days are in its future, says Westport developer David Waldman.
"The house is being renovated to occupy a restaurant," said Waldman, founder of David Adam Realty. "We had a lot of interest in this space, even more so after it was announced Urban Outfitters signed a lease next door. We've narrowed it down to a restaurant we'd like to have there, and we're in the process of working on a lease with the tenant."
Although Waldman can't yet name names, he said the prospective tenant operates many successful restaurants, each of which has its own unique characteristics.
Work on Sherwood House began about two months ago. So far, it has been moved a few feet closer to the street. Once the weather dries out, Waldman said a new foundation will be poured. After this step is completed, the real magic can begin.
"In the end, the building is going to look like it did when it was built in 1802," Waldman said. "We're going to refinish the exterior, install new windows and get the building ready for the tenant to do its work on the interior. We're also going to install an outdoor patio in front for outdoor dining."
Currently, the Sherwood House is two stories, but Waldman plans on adding a basement, which can house the kitchen. The main level will serve as the patron area, and the second floor will be used as office space. Waldman said the restaurant may occupy the Sherwood House by late fall or early winter.
This project, he said, is just one of many that will create a "phenomenal downtown environment."
"Everyone talks about 'Fairfield envy,'" Waldman said. "Once all these things are tied together, all of Fairfield County is going to have Westport envy."
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