Noting that she’s received “a lot of blowback” about appearing in a photo with preservationists gathered out front of New Canaan Library over the weekend to support keeping the 1913 building, Selectman Kathleen Corbet on Tuesday said she will respect whatever the Planning & Zoning Commission decides on the library’s application to rebuild its facility, even if that means demolishing the original structure. In a possible reference to the library’s offer to move the Main Street-facing facade to a western property line, Corbet said she has been “impressed with some of the ideas that have been put forward by the library in terms of moving and paying homage to the 1913.”
“But the simplest one would be to preserve it in place,” she said during a regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen, held at Town Hall. “But again, I think making sure that every voice is heard and we are considering that, that’s what I respect, the process from Planning & Zoning. And whatever they decide, I support—even if it includes demolition. So that’s the process I have always taken.