Fire Marshal Report: Updates on Canaan Parish, Country Club


Though the town has issued a permit for interior alterations for a new restaurant in the former Thali space at 87 Main St., officials say, the work still appears to be on hold.

Plans for a new Japanese restaurant, Saiko, had come into the town just prior to the onset of COVID-19 virus. Demolition on the interior space had started but stalled, officials reported during the most recent meeting of the Fire Commission.

The town also has issued a temporary Certificate of Occupancy for the Merrill Lynch offices at 2 Pine St., Fire Marshal Paul Payne reported at the Commission’s regular meeting, held Jan. 12 via videoconference.

Interior alterations have been done at the former Post Office building and elevators were scheduled for installation mid-January, Payne said in a written report to the Commission dated Jan. 7 that covers the activities of his office during December. 

In addition, foundation work at the Canaan Parish housing complex at Lakeview Avenue and Route 123 also is nearly complete, and workers there are beginning to install steel deck and supports, Payne said in the written update.

Chair Jack Horner during the meeting praised Payne for his work at The Vue apartment-and-condominium complex “on getting them to I’ll call it ‘fix’ or ‘readjust’ their carbon monoxide detectors and operations and everything.”

“Well done, Paul,” Horner said.

Payne responded that he hoped “all the wrinkles are out of that,” adding, “I am hoping we will get the wrinkles out of the Country Club, as well.”

According to the written report, the Country Club of New Canaan had an incomplete alarm for a pressure-independent valve monitor at a dry hydrant, though the valve and hydrant themselves are functional.

Other updates from the fire marshal include:

  • Interior finishes underway at townhouses at Forest Street and Locust Avenue, brick work outside complete;
  • Project complete at 47 Pine St./BTS Insurance, waiting to schedule Certificate of Occupancy inspection;
  • Collins Pond dam repair permit lapsed, town officials working with the state to have it reissued—dry hydrant in the pond to be repaired at no cost to the town.

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