I am writing to plead with the RTM to do the right thing and relocate the majestic and unique Kemper Gunn House. I was disappointed when I learned that four Planning and Zoning commissioners were able to reverse a beautiful compromise that would not have impeded downtown's upgrade and potential new parking garage, while preserving the house and in doing so, preserving the history of Westport.
This was a compromise which lovingly married the past and future. No one wants to turn Westport into a sterile outdoor shopping mall, losing what is unique to our town, or impede progress. This compromise was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the past and future. What were those officials thinking? I can only hope that people won't forget their short-sighted decision when elections come around; I know I won't.
Now we turn to the RTM to help get Westport back on track and celebrate what is unique to our town. Don't let short-sighted citizens destroy what makes Westport uniquely Westport. This beautiful house will be celebrated and balance and compliment the concrete creations designated as progress, such as a multi-level garage. There is no reason not to preserve and move this spectacular house. Westporters would smile when they see it standing in it's new location, beckoning to them from their past, welcoming them into the future.