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New Construction Planned for Douglas Road

The town has received an application to build a new 4,900-square-foot home on a .39-acre Douglas Road lot long occupied by a Cape Cod-style home smaller than one-third that size. 

The house at 148 Douglas Road will include 11 total rooms, including four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and one half-bath, kitchen, dining room, family room, mudroom and laundry, according to the building permit application. The property was purchased for $875,000 last July, tax records show. A demolition permit was issued in July for the existing house. The new home will cost about $780,000 to build, the application said. The contractor on the job will be the owner, a limited liability company whose principals are a New Canaan man and woman. Continue Reading →

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PHOTOS: Inside the Long-Vacant Greek Revival at 4 Main St.

The new owner of the antique Greek Revival-style home at 4 Main St. is in talks now with the town-appointed body that oversees New Canaan’s Historic District. A neighborhood immediately around God’s Acre that includes 21 sites, the area is overseen by the Historic District Commission, whose sign-off is needed for exterior alterations to the buildings there. 

Arnold Karp of Karp Associates told NewCanaanite.com during a recent tour of the home (see photos above) that his plan is to raze the long-neglected ca. 1780-built house and rebuild its iconic street-facing facade. 

“There is nothing historical left because it’s been renovated so many times,” Karp said. “So our concept is to keep the facade which is what is iconic about this building, just rebuild it [the facade], make it look like it [the house] has been here forever, and then build a home with a current floor plan behind it. Continue Reading →

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North Wilton Road Cape Sells for $910,000

This 1937-built, Cape Cod-style home at 136 North Wilton Road includes 2,097 square feet of living space and sits on .75 acres. It sold for $910,000, according to a property transfer recorded Aug. 1, 2018 in the Town Clerk’s office. Streetview

The following property transfers also were recorded last week in the Town Clerk’s office. For more information about each property from the assessor, click on the street address. Continue Reading →

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In Court Filing, Lukes Wood Road Homeowners Appeal Town’s Tax Assessment

The owners of a four-acre property on Lukes Wood Road last week filed papers with state Superior Court to appeal New Canaan’s valuation of their house and land. 

According to an amended complaint filed July 23 by New Canaan-based attorney JT Hoffman LLC on behalf of Rebecca and Ori Bukai of 260 Lukes Wood Road, the total appraised value of $3,576,300—upheld by the Board of Assessment Appeals in March—is “unreasonably excessive, disproportionate and unlawful.” 

The figure makes its assessed value about $2.5 million. The homeowners are “aggrieved” by the assessment and “provided” recent and relevant comparables and evidence demonstrating the real and current value of the subject property to be at or below $2 million. The property had been purchased last August for about $1,987,500, tax records show. It includes a 1996-built, 7,700-square-foot Colonial. Hoffman in the complaint calls for the valuation “to be reduced to 70 percent of its true, current and actual value.”

The town, assessor and Board of Assessment Appeals are listed as defendants, represented by Westport-based Berchem Moses PC, firm of Town Attorney Ira Bloom. Continue Reading →

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Neighbor Voices ‘Deep Concern’ Over Canaan Parish Redevelopment; P&Z Hearing Opens Tuesday

Though some of those behind a proposal to redevelop an apartment complex on Lakeview Avenue say its impact on nearby properties will be minimal, one neighbor of Canaan Parish is voicing what he called “deep concern” about the project. In a letter filed last week with Planning & Zoning, a Fitch Lane man who lives across Route 123 from Canaan Parish said that although officials with the New Canaan Housing Authority claim “that this area does not affect any residents, that is inaccurate.”

“Several homes from the Hoyt Farm neighborhood will look straight at this complex when the leaves are off the trees in the fall and winter,” Gregory Pepe said in his July 26 letter, part of the public file on an application for the redevelopment that will come before P&Z at its regular meeting Tuesday. “Our family home will have a direct eye level view of an apartment complex which will impact housing values. Canaan Parish existed long before us and I have no issue with that fact. However, replacing it with something far, far bigger and out of character with the town is not acceptable.”

Pepe also said that the proposed redevelopment appears to be five stories, not four, and urges P&Z not to “change or compromise current rules and regulations when it comes to height or density of housing as that becomes a slippery slope for future development, whether affordable housing or not.”

Those behind the proposal at Canaan Parish are seeking to create a new zone within the New Canaan Zoning Regulations in order to make the project possible. Named for the federally subsidized rental complex that’s stood at Lakeview and 123 for four decades, the “Canaan Parish Housing Zone” would allow the two organizations collaborating on the project to create 100 new units where 60 now stand. 

Specifically, Canaan Parish would be rebuilt with two L-shaped four-story buildings, according to an application filed this month with P&Z: one that replaces the 60 apartments now spread through 10 buildings and a second structure with 40 units built specifically to help New Canaan achieve relief in the future from a punitive state law. Continue Reading →

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