Yacht Club sunk by historic commission

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The Pequonnock Yacht Club, a century-old Bridgeport, Conn., institution, is hoping to make its new home in City Point, New Haven’s historic waterfront district. The club planned to renovate two buildings on South Water Street, turning them into clubhouses for its members. Last month, the proposal was approved by the City Plan Commission.

A meeting last week of the Historic District Commission was a different story — a story, as one interested party put it, about “trade-offs in historic preservation.”

Local residents and several preservation groups filed a petition to intervene and many spoke out against altering the historic structure..

In response to such opposition, the Historic District Commission voted to deny the yacht club’s proposal without prejudice, thereby preventing it from moving forward with the renovation plans, but leaving the door open for future proposals. The yacht club has not yet decided its next move.

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