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Westporters Try To Stop Baron's South Development

Plans proposed by Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff to construct a senior housing and health-care facility on town-owned land are being shot down before they take off.

On Friday, Bart Shuldman, of 14 Broadview Road, submitted a petition to the Westport town clerk's office appealing a May 5 vote by the Planning and Zoning Commission that would change zoning regulations to allow for a senior living and health-care facility on Baron's South, 23 acres of town-owned land between Compo Road South and Imperial Avenue.

Signed by Shuldman and 56 other residents, the petition well exceeds the 20-signature requirement for an appeal to be reviewed by the Representative Town Meeting, the town's legislative body. The RTM is expected to meet June 14 to hear the appeal. A two-thirds vote of the 36-member RTM, or 24 votes, is required to overturn the Planning and Zoning Commission's decision.

The plans for the development of Baron's South include a 66-unit senior living facility and a skilled nursing facility with 84 beds.

The May 5 decision was approved in a 5-2 vote. Commissioners Cathy Walsh and Michael Krawiec voted against the text amendment. In November, the commission decided in a 6-1 vote that a senior housing and health-care facility on Baron's South would be an appropriate use of the land. Krawiec, then the lone dissenter, said he thought selling the property was a better option for the town.

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