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First Selectman: Vine Cottage Likely To Be Sold, Human Services Relocated to Former Outback Teen Center

The town-owned Vine Cottage soon will be marketed for sale on condition that the ca. 1860-built structure be added to New Canaan’s Historic District, the municipality’s top elected official said Thursday. Town officials recently drafted an updated five-year capital plan that “has some inherent decisions about buildings in it,” First Selectman Kevin Moynihan told the local media corps during a press briefing at Town Hall. “We are not going to fund any renovations of Vine Cottage,” Moynihan said. “It assumes that Vine Cottage is not in our portfolio.”

The gabled structure’s current occupant, the Human Services Department, would be moved about 50 yards away to the lower floor of the former Outback Teen Center, under Moynihan’s plan, he said. 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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Did You Hear … ?

After years of anticipation, the vacant and deteriorating antique home at 4 Main St. finally has been sold, according to a property transfer recorded Wednesday in the Town Clerk’s office. Arnold Karp bought the ca. 1780-built Greek Revival from James Talbot for $810,000. ***

State officials this week voted in favor of a recommendation from counsel for the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, finding that the town broke the law by withholding a draft document of the New Canaan Planning & Zoning Commission. Continue Reading →

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Owner: Future of ‘Red Cross Building’ Depends on What Town Does with Vine Cottage

The New Canaan man who last year purchased the ca. 1889-built Red Cross building on Main Street said a decision on just what to do with it—for example, whether to convert vacant structure into a residence or commercial use—depends largely on what the town plans to do with another antique next door. Whatever the town or another future owner of Vine Cottage decides to do with it, no part of Arnold Karp’s vision for 51 Main St. involves tearing down the former Red Cross building, installing condominiums or otherwise changing “the character of the neighborhood,” he said. Yet it wouldn’t make sense to pursue a much-needed overhaul of the building’s interior with a residential use in mind if Vine Cottage is razed for Town Hall parking because “nobody wants to live next to a parking lot.” Similarly, if the ca. Continue Reading →

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Builder, Owner Agree on Selling Price for Long-Neglected Home on God’s Acre

A prominent, 1780-built Greek Revival-style home on God’s Acre that’s sat empty for years is poised for restoration after its owner signed a contract to sell it to a local builder, officials said Monday. Arnold Karp of Karp Associates said he and the New Canaan man who owns the property have agreed on a price for the home at 4 Main St. A bank six years ago started foreclosure proceedings and needs signs off on the sale in order for the property to be transferred, Karp said. “Our concept is the keep the façade but the house has been leaking for years—it’s a mold factory—so you have to go in and rip the insides out and start fresh,” Karp told NewCanaanite.com. “The longer they wait, the worse it is for us.”

Karp said he’s in constant communication with attorneys representing the bank and is hopeful that the sale will close soon. Continue Reading →

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