A group of neighbors in Weston, who comprise Weston Senior Living, is proposing a new zoning designation be created in Weston for an Active Adult Community District in order to build high-quality homes for our senior residents who want to downsize and live independently. We are planning a purpose-built neighborhood on the Phillips Farm property, which borders Newtown Turnpike, across from the Bisceglie-Scribner ball fields and park.
As fellow Westonites we recognize that this town has a rural, sophisticated character that is highly prized and we believe that this beautiful community for seniors will be seamlessly integrated into the character of Weston. Our goal during the process is to provide full, accurate information about what we are planning, which will be updated on this site.
First, let’s start with who “we” are.
Jess DiPasquale has been a fixture in town for 23 years. He currently is well-known for his service to the town as a Police Commissioner, where he is responsible for helping to maintain Weston’s high quality of life. As a member of the Weston Kiwanis, Weston Historical Society, and many other town organizations, Jess has put a premium on service to the community he calls home. He is CEO of the Alliance Group, a Westport-based Telecommunications company. Jess and his wife, Andrea have five children who have all attended Weston Schools with three children still in the School system. Jess plans to retire in Weston when all of the children are finished with School.
Joseph Lipton has worked on hundreds of successful real estate projects, bringing value to owners while respecting the current neighbors. These developments have ranged in size from NYC high-rise office buildings in Midtown, to luxury residential enclaves on the coast of Maine. Joe lives in Weston his wife, Florencia, two young sons, and his mother-in-law.
Both Jess and Joe are “active adults” themselves, as they are both over 55 years old. They believe, wholeheartedly, that valuing our eldest generation is the key to a dynamic community with a rich history and a strong future.
Now, here are the facts about what we plan to do:
- Secure approval for an Active Adult Community District for properties over 15 acres on state roads to build housing for adults 55 and older.
- Acceptance of the Weston Active Adult Community by Planning and Zoning would NOT affect two acre residential zoning in our Town.
- We intend to present a fully developed plan to the Town to create a new community on the property which includes:
- 36 single-floor units from about 1,500-1,800 sq ft with 1-2 private garage spaces.
- These units will be distributed equally in 6 buildings that look like high-quality, architecturally designed colonial-style single homes, similar to other developments in Weston.
- The buildings will meet current town height restrictions, with pitched roofs, like most homes.
- The units will have luxury finishes and appliances, mobility-friendly features (including access to elevators), and private outdoor space.
- There are NO income restrictions on ownership of these homes and they are NOT assisted living or nursing care.
- The details and color scheme will blend harmoniously with the surroundings while varying enough to avoid “sameness.”
- The buildings will be beautifully finished on all sides to present an attractive appearance for neighbors and visitors alike.
- The driveways, paths, and grounds will be well-planned, and the physical materials top-notch. There will be ample trees and landscaping to blend with Weston’s sophisticated but rural ambiance.
- To the extent feasible, we plan to retain and refurbish certain historical structures on the property as a visual and useful reminder of the Phillips Farm legacy.
- There will be a pond with walkways as part of the proposed development.
The homes in this new community will use a septic system and leach field like most homes in Weston. However, this system will be approved by the State of CT Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection, whose strict guidelines and procedures will be adhered to by all parties involved. Water will be supplied by wells, drawing from an ample water supply under this property. We are also conducting a professional traffic study of the surrounding area. Any impacts will be fully studied and made public.
While we believe strongly in the vision to create a special place for Weston’s seniors to call home, and we hope to gain your support, we recognize that you may have questions and concerns. We would like to hear those concerns, answer your questions (click here for our FAQ), and make sure that we are achieving our goals of transparency and integrity in this process. You can use the form on this page to reach us with direct questions, concerns, and to ask to be kept up to date via email. We will also be speaking about the project at meetings to be announced.
Jess DiPasquale & Joseph Lipton