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Westport’s Mobile Home Park May Be History

WESTPORT, Conn. – You might not even know they exist, but there are mobile homes in Westport. Hidden behind a wooden fence, these one-story, single-family homes located at 1655 Post Road E. may be replaced by multifamily housing units.

The Westport Housing Authority , which owns the 33 mobile homes that make up Sasco Creek Village, is looking to replace these homes with townhouse-style buildings and add 21 more residences. The new multiunit buildings would be similar to the 11 buildings that make up Hidden Brook, another housing development owned by the housing authority.

The proposal calls for the demolition of all 33 mobile homes. These homes would be replaced by 14 multiunit buildings that would house a total of 54 residential units, according to the application on file with the Planning and Zoning Department.

These buildings would be a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. In all, there would be 106 bedrooms among the buildings, the application states. One building would include a 2,843-square-foot area to be used as a community common space for residents.

The project is consistent with the goals outlined in town’s 2007 Plan of Conservation and Development , which states Westport should “do more in terms of affordable housing,” said project applicant Richard Redniss, president of the Stamford-based design and consulting firm Redniss & Mead.

All 33 mobile homes, which date to the 1950s and 1960s, are occupied and rented as affordable housing. The proposed units would be leased the same way, according to the application.

In a recent Board of Selectmen meeting, Carol Martin, executive director of the Westport Housing Authority, said construction would be done in phases. It would be too costly to relocate all Sasco Creek residents into private housing at once, she said.

For the project to move forward, the Planning and Zoning Commission must approve the special permit and site plan application. The commission will review the application during Thursday’s public hearing, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.

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