The new owners of contiguous parcels in downtown New Canaan are seeking to develop the property with 26 residential units, according to new filings at Town Hall.
Four parcels near the corner of Cherry Street and Burtis Avenue were purchased for a total of $6.1 million, according to property transfers recorded Dec. 13 in the Town Clerk’s office.
The owners want “to merge the properties and redevelop them with residential and live-work uses that will reinvigorate this block and contribute to the success and vibrancy of the downtown area,” attorney Jacqueline Kaufman of Stamford-based Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Hennessey LLP said in a Jan. 20 letter to the town.
“The proposal includes 26 residential units (inclusive of flats and townhouse with 1-3 BR counts), ground floor live-work offices accessible from Burtis Avenue, residential amenity uses, concealed parking spaces and new landscaping,” the letter said. “The proposal will also provide affordable units under the newly crafted regulation.”
The four parcels in question total .73 acres, Kaufman said in the letter. They were purchased by individual limited liability companies variously named “Ventana,” property records show. They include the 18-space “Telephone Lot,” a permitted municipal parking lot on Cherry Street.
The proposed development addresses goals set forth in documents that guide development in New Canaan and identify needs for seniors in town, the letter said.
Kaufman said she’s seeking a “pre-application review” at P&Z’s meeting Tuesday. Such a review allows a developer to receive feedback from the Commission without bringing a proposal before a public hearing.