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First Selectman ‘Intrigued’ by Idea of Purchasing Unimin Building on Elm Street, Relocating Police Department, District Offices

The town’s legislative body on Wednesday night approved a $500,000 bonding package designed to help plan for a renovation of the New Canaan Police Department, though the municipality’s highest elected official said the question of whether or not to follow through with the project is uncertain. Even though members of the Town Council at their regular meeting voted 12-0 to approve funds for design, engineering and consulting services for police headquarters, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan told NewCanaanite.com during an interview prior to the meeting that he was “intrigued” by the prospect of relocating the New Canaan Police Department to a prominent office building on Elm Street, negating the need for that renovation. Unimin first put put its building at 258 Elm St.—on the corner of Grove Street, overlooking the Lumberyard Lot—on the market 18 months ago. The industrial mineral producer has said it employs 100 to 110 people in the structure. “I am intrigued by the Unimin building but we don’t know yet whether it could accommodate a Police Department,” Moynihan said. Continue Reading →

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Unimin Seeks To Sell Its Elm Street Building, Home for 33 Years

Unimin, an industrial mineral producer, is planning to sell the three-story building it has occupied in downtown New Canaan for 33 years, officials say. The company is starting to outgrow its office space at 258 Elm St. and officials are “exploring opportunities including the possibility of a new open floor plan,” according to North America Communications Manager Mariane Ceballo. “The new campus we select will reflect our organizational ambitions in growth, promote an open company culture—as well as collaboration—and drive greater efficiencies in how we serve our customers,” Ceballo told NewCanaanite.com in an email, responding to an inquiry on the building’s status. She added: “We anticipate selling the building to provide capital flexibility for our growing business.”

Unimin officials said the company cannot find what it’s looking for in New Canaan and therefore is moving out of town. Continue Reading →

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