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Westport OKs Bigger, Better Goodwill

The Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously voted in favor of site plans for a new and larger Goodwill store despite the concerns of Chairman Ron Corwin and criticism from Westport businesswoman Tina Dragone. The vote, which took place during the commission's Thursday night work session, gives Goodwill Industries of Western Connecticut the green light to move from 1572 Post Road E. to the site of the now-defunct Peppermill Steak & Fish House at 1700 Post Road E.

To make way for the new 9,996-square-foot building, the Peppermill restaurant will be demolished. A larger facility means a larger retail area. And like the current store, the new Goodwill will also house a drop-off donation center.

In addition to approving the Goodwill site plans, the commission voted 5-1 in favor of text amendment 621, which deals with residential building coverage , or house sizes. Under this amendment, building coverage for homes in the town's AA and AAA zones won't be allowed to exceed 15 percent of net lot area.

Also, swimming pools will now count as part of total coverage instead of building coverage. Patios, decks and terraces will become part of total coverage when they exceed 2 percent of the gross lot area, and tennis courts will be counted in total coverage at 100 percent of size instead of 50 percent.

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