A plan engineered by the town may save 44 Westport Road from development under Connecticut\u2019s affordable housing regulations, First Selectman Bill Brennan announced Monday. At the Dec. 1 Board of Selectmen\u2019s meeting, developer Patrick Downend\u2019s attorney, Casey Healy, said his client was interested in purchasing a one-acre, town-owned lot on Old Danbury Road for development purposes. A price has not been made public. As a term of the purchase of the town-owned property, Mr. Downend plans to sell his property at 44 Westport Road with a deed restriction \u201cin favor of the town\u201d that prohibits future development of any multi-family housing on the site. This deal has been negotiated by the office of the first selectman since residents expressed widespread dissatisfaction with the possibility of a multi-family housing complex on Westport Road, Mr. Brennan said, calling it a \u201cwin-win\u201d for the town and the developer. \u201cThis didn\u2019t come in out of the blue,\u201d Mr. Brennan said. \u201cThe town has been searching for more affordable housing, and for the right places for affordable housing that are appropriate and suitable. [This plan will also] solve the problem at 44 Westport Road.\u201d According to Mr. Healy, Mr. Downend plans to build a 30-unit apartment building on the Old Danbury Road property, which abuts Wilton Commons and Trackside Teen Center. Nine of the rental units would qualify as \u201caffordable\u201d under state regulations. \u201cThe one- and two-bedroom units that Mr. Downend proposes will range from approximately 750 to 1,300 square feet, attracting younger tenants, single parents and seniors,\u201d a letter from Mr. Healy said. In his letter, Mr. Healy also referenced the $500,000 state grant the town has been awarded to build a walkway from the Wilton train station to Wilton Center. Adding Mr. Downend\u2019s \u201cmixed-income housing development,\u201d which is within 1,000 feet of the station, \u201cto this composition of transportation oriented development creates a cohesive and attractive environment in which to live, work, shop and visit,\u201d he said. \u201cThese apartments would provide affordable housing options for the work force, young professionals, and seniors,\u201d Mr. Healy said Monday. \u201cWe think this is an ideal site next to the train station with a signaled intersection [at Route 7].\u201d Mr. Brennan agreed with Mr. Healy, saying the plan falls in step with the state\u2019s ideas for transit-oriented affordable housing. Now, the first selectman said, the plan must be approved by the town\u2019s land-use boards \u201cbut we think it has potential and that is the reason we are bringing this to the public now.\u201d Above is an updated version of the story that originally appeared here.