246 Hillspoint Road.
246 Hillspoint Road / Photo by Thane Grauel

By Thane Grauel

WESTPORT — What might be one of the town’s smaller houses might soon be razed to make way for a two-story construction.

The 695-square-foot cottage at 246 Hillspoint Road was built in 1930 and sits across the street from the western stretch of Old Mill Beach.

The single-story house now has a demolition notice affixed to its weathered white asphalt shingles.

The property is just 0.7 acres. It was purchased in December 2022 by Mary-Lisa Bergonzi for $1.5 million.

Tanner White Architects has filed an application with the Zoning Board of Appeals to replace the structure with a new, two-story house with a rooftop deck.

Rendering of new two-story house at 246 Hillspoint.
Rendering of new two-story house at 246 Hillspoint.
Renderings of new two-story house at 246 Hillspoint.

The project will require the ZBA’s approval because of front and rear setbacks, and total area coverage. The application states the hardships of a pre-existing, non-conforming lot and steep slopes.

A coastal site plan review also is needed under the state’s Coastal Area Management Act.

The application is not yet listed on a ZBA agenda.

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.