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‘Telephone Co. Lot’ Parking Area Purchased by Abutting Property Owner

A New Canaan resident who owns two adjacent properties on Burtis Avenue is listed as the managing principal of a limited liability company that last week bought a parking lot behind what’s commonly called the ‘SNET Building’ at Cherry and Main Streets downtown. According to a property transfer recorded April 16 in the Town Clerk’s office, SNET dba Frontier sold 140 Main St./lot 2—listed as unimproved land—to Cherry Lot LLC for $625,000. Connecticut Secretary of the State records show that Robert Cuda of New Canaan is the managing principal of the purchasing LLC. He and his family own numbers 21 and 25 Burtis Ave. under different companies, according to local tax and state business records. Continue Reading →

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First Selectman: New Canaan Looking into Taking Disputed Valley Road Property by Eminent Domain

With talks stalled between the town and owners of a Valley Road home slated for demolition, New Canaan’s highest elected official said Thursday that the municipality is looking into taking the disputed property by eminent domain. Noting that the owner of 1124 Valley Road—Norwalk’s First Taxing District—has rejected the New Canaan Land Trust’s offer to purchase the 4-acre property, with its 18th Century home, for $1.2 million, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during a media briefing that “we are looking into executing eminent domain as a town to take the property as open space.”

With authorization from New Canaan’s legislative body, the Town Council, the municipality would first negotiate on its own with the First Taxing District, Moynihan said during the briefing, held in his office at Town Hall. If those talks did not progress, the town would obtain two new appraisals of the parcel and start the eminent domain legal proceeding “soon,” in part because the conspicuous red-painted house there could be demolished as soon as May 13. “We are very disappointed that the Taxing District is doing what they are doing,” Moynihan said. “The key fact is they have admitted that they do not need it for public water company purposes. Continue Reading →

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Cited for Non-Permitted Partial Demolition, Owners of Antique White Oak Shade Home Now Seek To Raze Entire Structure

After saying initially that they’d made an honest mistake in demolishing part of their pre-American Revolutionary War era home on White Oak Shade Road without a permit, its owners now have put in for a permit to raze the entire structure. According to New Canaan Building Department records, the owners of 251 White Oak Shade Road applied Friday for a permit to “demo remaining house structure.”

Elena and Dmitiry Kochin purchased the Cape-style home on 1.54 acres in December for $840,000, tax records show. In February, the town issued a cease-and-desist after the roof and second floor of the home underwent an non-permitted demolition. When the Kochins put in for an after-the-fact permit, town officials decided to forgo imposing a 90-day delay on it because doing so would only leave the home open to the elements for longer. Members of the Historical Review Committee said at the time that during a walkthrough of the property with the owner, architect and contractor, everyone expressed that what remained of the home needed to be protected. Continue Reading →

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