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First Selectman: New Canaan Looking into Taking Disputed Valley Road Property by Eminent Domain

With talks stalled between the town and owners of a Valley Road home slated for demolition, New Canaan’s highest elected official said Thursday that the municipality is looking into taking the disputed property by eminent domain. Noting that the owner of 1124 Valley Road—Norwalk’s First Taxing District—has rejected the New Canaan Land Trust’s offer to purchase the 4-acre property, with its 18th Century home, for $1.2 million, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said during a media briefing that “we are looking into executing eminent domain as a town to take the property as open space.”

With authorization from New Canaan’s legislative body, the Town Council, the municipality would first negotiate on its own with the First Taxing District, Moynihan said during the briefing, held in his office at Town Hall. If those talks did not progress, the town would obtain two new appraisals of the parcel and start the eminent domain legal proceeding “soon,” in part because the conspicuous red-painted house there could be demolished as soon as May 13. “We are very disappointed that the Taxing District is doing what they are doing,” Moynihan said. “The key fact is they have admitted that they do not need it for public water company purposes. Continue Reading →

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Cited for Non-Permitted Partial Demolition, Owners of Antique White Oak Shade Home Now Seek To Raze Entire Structure

After saying initially that they’d made an honest mistake in demolishing part of their pre-American Revolutionary War era home on White Oak Shade Road without a permit, its owners now have put in for a permit to raze the entire structure. According to New Canaan Building Department records, the owners of 251 White Oak Shade Road applied Friday for a permit to “demo remaining house structure.”

Elena and Dmitiry Kochin purchased the Cape-style home on 1.54 acres in December for $840,000, tax records show. In February, the town issued a cease-and-desist after the roof and second floor of the home underwent an non-permitted demolition. When the Kochins put in for an after-the-fact permit, town officials decided to forgo imposing a 90-day delay on it because doing so would only leave the home open to the elements for longer. Members of the Historical Review Committee said at the time that during a walkthrough of the property with the owner, architect and contractor, everyone expressed that what remained of the home needed to be protected. Continue Reading →

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‘Good Reason for Optimism’: New Canaan Sees 50 Percent Rise in Home Sales in March

The number of single-family homes in town sold in March increased by 50 percent year-over-year, from 10 to 15, according to new data shared by the New Canaan Board of Realtors. Sales of houses $2 million and up saw the most dramatic increase, from just two last March to seven in 2018, the data said. For that reason, the median price of homes sold in New Canaan also jumped year-over-year, from $1,381,250 to $1,967,500—a 42 percent rise. Here’s a look at the data:

Janis Hennessy, president of the board, said the figures point to “a nice rebound in March.”

“Single family home sales are up in nearly every price category and the median price increase is strong,” she said. “Buyers have realized the value in a town with such outstanding schools and amenities. Continue Reading →

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New Construction Planned for West Hills Road, Forest Street

The town on April 4 received an application to build a 7,827-square-foot home on West Hills Road. The new house at 85 West Hills Road will include five bedrooms, six full bathrooms and two half-baths, according to a building permit application. It will include a three-car garage and pool house. It will cost about $2 million to build and the contractor on the job is Greenwich-based Premier Home Builders LLC, the application said. The architect is Neil Hauck Architects LLC of Darien, it said. Continue Reading →

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