It’s the calm before the storm here at Westport’s Compo Beach.
The town came one step closer to finalizing a major transformation for this town gem on Wednesday. And those involved in the planning – a group known as the Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee - say construction could start in a little more than year.
It’s a process that started more than a year ago, and it has recentlybecome a source of controversy due to a proposal to remove this beach front parking.
For that reason, the committee moved ahead on Wednesday to introduce two plans as part of its final draft proposal: One option puts in a pedestrian walkway directly next to the beach, where you are currently seeing the parked cars. The second option leaves the parking as is.
Other changes on the horizon include relocating this main entrance to Bradley street, creating two entry lanes: one for day users who need to pay admission and another for permit holders. It's all in an effort to reduce traffic congestion.
Plus, you could see this basketball court resurfaced. And, new buildings put in over here by the marina. Perhaps the most expensive modification: a new bathhouse.
The cost of the bathhouse alone is estimated at around 4 million dollars, making a big dent in the 7 million overall cost of the beach changes.
The project now lies in the hands of the Parks and Recreation Commission, who are expected to take up the proposals in early July.