Main Street Resident Lodges Traffic Complaint

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New Canaan Police received a complaint from a Cobbler’s Green resident regarding overcrowded parking on Main Street during services at the decades-old funeral home next door.

Main Street in New Canaan. Streetview

During funerals at Hoyt Funeral Home, the resident said in an email to police, “park cars in such haphazard way that it is impossible for us to get out of the unit as we cannot see anything as cars blocks the view.”

“Today it is the same situation now,” the resident wrote in an Aug. 31 email sent to police through the MyPD app. “Also, on weekday evenings, [the] next door dance school parents park illegally on street and make it hazardous for us to drive. It is [a] disaster waiting to happen. If you can do something about it.”

Regarding his traffic concern with funeral services, the complainant added, “All respect to the dead.”

Members of the Traffic Calming Work Group—an administrative team that includes public works, fire, parking and police representatives—discussed the matter at their meeting Tuesday. 

Police Deputy Chief John DiFederico said there’s “normally nobody there” on Main Street near the funeral home, so the difference when motorists park legally on both sides of the street likely represents a major change.

“There is on-street parking and plenty of room,” DiFederico said.

He added that officials would look at the setback from parking spaces near the exit drive from Cobbler’s Green to see if it needs to be increased.

“Other than that, this is a temporary problem that solves itself,” he said. “It’s not necessarily that people are parking illegally.”

2 thoughts on “Main Street Resident Lodges Traffic Complaint

  1. I am honored and privileged to serve the residents of New Canaan as the owner of the HOYT Funeral Home for the last 44 of its 100 year history on Main Street. While our neighborhood and neighbors have changed , our commitment to it has not. The convenience of living downtown far outweighs an occasional parking issue in my opinion. On behalf of all the grieving families that attend services at the funeral home, I’d like to apologize for any temporary parking inconvenience that occurs. We will work harder to alleviate this concern.

    Tom Cicalese

  2. Tom and his staff are true gentlemen and have courteously helped those who are in grief with a comfort that is special in such a difficult time. HOYT Funeral Home is a community lynchpin for the time when such sadness occurs.
    When people are in sorrow we defer to them. That is the kindness of our community.

    Rick Franco

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