The following property transfers were recorded recently in the Town Clerk’s office. For more information about each property from the assessor, click on the street address. To get the history of a New Canaan street name, click here. ***
The “Covia building,” formerly known as the “Unimen building,” at Elm and Grove Streets, sold for $6,925,000, according to a property transfer recorded Oct. 9 with the Town Clerk. The buyer is TBG/Elm Street LLC, a company whose principal is Michael Besen, according to Connecticut Secretary of the State records. The Goshen resident is founder and CEO of Manhattan-based Besen Partners. Besen’s companies “have brokered the purchase and sale of over $7 billion of real estate assets, the management of over 5 million square feet of real property and the purchase and ownership of over $200 million of assets for his own account and that of his co-investment partners,” according to a bio on the firm’s site.
The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday to increase the per-son fee assessed to youth sports participants from $20 to $25.
Formerly overseen by a selectmen-appointed committee, the “player use fee” now is collected by the New Canaan Athletic Foundation and allocated to an artificial turf replacement fund rather than a budget for additional playing fields, according to First Selectman Kevin Moynihan. Player use fees came to about $54,000 total last year, Moynihan said. “We don’t always collect it all,” he said at the selectmen meeting, held in Town Hall. Moynihan added, “There is some debate as to whether we ought to extend this to the Rec Department programs, which we will consider next year.”
Moynihan and Selectmen Kit Devereaux and Nick Williams voted 3-0 to up the fee. Williams said it’s been flat at $20 for a number of years.
One of New Canaan’s most architecturally significant homes could become yet another major draw for visitors to the town, under a broad vision sketched out by the owners of the residence and local volunteers seeking to boost the economy and tourism here. Harvard-trained architect and industrial designer Eliot Noyes—one of the “Harvard Five” who settled in New Canaan in the 1940s and created some of its world-renowned Midcentury Modern homes—designed the Country Club Road house for his own family. At its most recent meeting, the local Tourism and Economic Development Advisory Committee or ‘TEDAC’ met with the architect’s son, Frederick Noyes, who is “actively for a way to not only preserve the house but also make it available to the public,” First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during a press briefing held Oct. 3 in his Town Hall office. “This would be one of the very first Midcentury Moderns, when Eliot Noyes came to New Canaan,” Moynihan said.
“He came to New Canaan by mistake, almost by accident, because he was looking in Westport and wasn’t successful, so he came to New Canaan.
At the time he was asked to run last year’s New York City Marathon in support of a cause that’s become very important to him, New Canaan’s Sloan Alexander hadn’t done much running at all since his cross-country days at Guilford High School.
Alexander was already volunteering for Sandy Hook Promise and otherwise supporting the organization, which seeks to prevent gun violence and honor all gun violence victims through programs and practices that protect children.
To run the marathon as part of the Sandy Hook Promise team gave Alexander a reason to get back into the sport. “I thought that would be an incredible thing to raise money for them,” he recalled.
He trained for about six months and completed the 26.2-mile run, raising more than $5,000 as part of the team, which raised more than $120,000 overall. “At the time, I was not that interested in ‘racing’ a marathon versus ‘running’ a marathon,” Alexander said. “I was just really excited about getting off my butt and into running shape again, and to see if I could do it. And then last summer when I did another half-marathon in Ridgefield, that is when it changed for me.”
A professional musician who works in New York City, Alexander said he realized that he could do more than just survive marathon-running, could push himself further in terms of fitness and health and do that while helping organizations that he believes in.