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Westport 1st Selectman Clarifies Baron's Statement

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff issued a clarification to a statement he made Tuesday night that plans to develop a senior housing and healthcare facility on town property haven't cost taxpayers any money.

"I should have said that no additional funding has been requested and spent on the project since a study authorized in 2007," Joseloff said in a statement issued Wednesday.

"Clearly, staff time has been spent by those in the town departments—including the Town Attorney's Office—preparing aspects of the application and responding to requests for additional information and clarification from Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Finance, and RTM members.

"As was pointed out by an RTM member, there was an earlier $50,000 appropriation for the study issued by the Weston and Sampson engineering firm which provided the basis for focusing on housing as the best use of the property. We have not asked for additional funding in four years."

The plans for Baron's South , 23 acres of town-owned land purchased in 2007, include building a 66-unit senior living facility and a skilled nursing facility with 84 beds.

Westport resident Bart Shuldman is appealing a Planning and Zoning Commission decision that would allow the development to move forward. The appeal is being reviewed by the Representative Town Meeting Planning and Zoning Committee.

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