The view of 1 Riverview Road from the river.
Drawing depicts 1 Riverview Road from the river.

By Thane Grauel

WESTPORT — The Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a replacement home for the combined lots at 0 and 1 Riverview Road.

A much larger, 2½-story home with a pool and patios will replace the modest 1930 Colonial Revival that had been on the 1.2-acre property overlooking the Saugatuck River.

1 Riverview Road
1 Riverview Road

It was bought for $3.3 million and razed last year.

The property is the state’s Coastal Area Management area. That’s why it needed P&Z approval.

The commission discussed the matter at its Jan. 8 meeting. A public hearing was not required, though could have been held for certain reasons, because of recent changes to state law. It was passed by a resolution that no members opposed after a work session discussion.

Riverview Road, on the east bank of the river, is off Maple Grove Avenue, which is off Imperial Avenue. It’s roughly across the river from Sylvan Lane and Pasacreta Park.

The lower level of the new house will have amenities, including a gym, sports court, golf simulator room and gaming room.

The main floor would have a living room, kitchen, dining room, one bedroom, garage, office and more.

The second floor would have a primary suite with bathroom and his-and-hers closets, four other bedrooms with baths, a laundry room and “flex” spaces.

Paul Lebowitz.
P&Z Chairman Paul Lebowitz

Outside, the plan includes an in-ground swimming pool, patios, fire pit and a pickleball court.

“This is consistent with the Coastal Area Management policy,” P&Z Director Mary Young said at the meeting, quoting from a staff review by Planner Amanda Trianovich.

“We do not perceive there to be any concerns from the stormwater management perspective,” Young said, adding that the plan also was consistent with the town’s soil and erosion control policies.

Some wooded buffers existing on the property should remain during and in perpetuity after construction, the report suggested, and that was one of the conditions the commission added to its resolution.

“I, for one, have not been able to find any holes in this application,” commission Chairman Paul Lebowitz said. “It looks like it conforms.”

The vote on the resolution was unanimous.

 Thane Grauel grew up in Westport and has been a journalist in Fairfield County and beyond for 35 years. Reach him at editor@westportjournal.com. Learn more about us here.