‘We Feel Really Good’: Officials Cut Ribbon on Rebuilt ‘Canaan Parish’ Housing Complex [PHOTOS]

Officials on Tuesday held a ceremony to mark the opening of the rebuilt housing complex at Route 123 and Lakeview Avenue, part of a larger project that also will see a new structure on the site. Residents of the 60 units at the rebuilt complex started moving into the new building Monday, following issuance of a temporary Certificate of Occupancy, according to New Canaan Housing Authority Chair Scott Hobbs. “We feel really good about the outcome,” Hobbs said Tuesday prior to a formal ribbon-cutting at the new building. Despite COVID- and budget-related holdups, “we are relatively on schedule from where we started,” Hobbs said. “We are extremely happy about the finished product and believe that we have created an exceptional structure for our client/tenant occupants,” he said.

Housing Authority Chair: Canaan Parish Rebuilding Project ‘Going Great’

A $45 million project to rebuild a Section 8 housing complex at Route 123 and Lakeview Avenue is going well, officials say. The rebuilding of the 60-unit Canaan Parish in a single five-story structure is “moving along very nicely,” Scott Hobbs, chair of the New Canaan Housing Authority, told members of the Board of Selectmen during their regular meeting Tuesday. “We should be able to get those houses online, hopefully, by the new school year, which would be great for tenants,” Hobbs said during the meeting, held both in person and via videoconference. “Because once we finish phase one, then we get to move all of the prior-slash-current residents of Canaan Parish, get to occupy building number one.” 

Unanimously approved in August 2018 by the Planning & Zoning Commission, the project includes construction of a new, 40-unit structure on the the 5.2-acre property. Construction commenced last fall.