WESTPORT, Conn. – The days of mobile homes in Westport are numbered now that the town has approved plans that call for the demolition of the 33 trailer homes located in Sasco Creek Village on Post Road East.
The homes, owned by the Westport Housing Authority, will be replaced by 14 permanent, multiunit buildings that resemble townhouses. After these new buildings are constructed, Sasco Creek Village will have 54 residential units, which is 21 more than currently exist.
The project, to be paid for through a bond, won unanimous approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday night as well as praise from residents of both Sasco Creek Village and the town as a whole.
“When you think of Westport, you don’t think about a trailer park, so I think it will be a nice addition for us,” said Karen Scott, a 15-year resident of Sasco Creek.
Jeff Wieser, CEO of the Westport nonprofit Homes With Hope, which provides supportive housing for the homeless, said the project is a "gem of an opportunity" that will “really help the affordable housing stock” in Westport.
The 14 buildings that will replace the mobile homes will include 13 one-bedroom units, 30 two-bedroom units and 11 three-bedroom units, for a total bedroom count of 106.
One of the buildings will also house a 2,843-square-foot community common area for residents of both Sasco Creek and Hidden Brook, another housing authority development also located at 1655 Post Road E.
Although the project will increase the number of residential units, there will be a “very minimal increase” in traffic as a result, said John Thompson, an engineer who reviewed a traffic study on the proposed development.
To the delight of Sasco Creek resident Susan Palmer, whose trailer was damaged after a car drove into it last December, a new concrete wall with a brick facade will replace the wood fence that currently surrounds the property.
Like the mobile homes, all of the new units will be below-market rate residences. A date to begin the project was not mentioned during the meeting. However, housing authority Executive Director Carol Martin said at an August Board of Selectmen meeting that construction would be done in phases.