Town Approves $46,000 Contract To Replace Part of Maple Street Sidewalk Opposite Library

Town officials on Tuesday approved an approximately $46,000 contract with a Stratford-based company to replace parts of a sidewalk on Maple Street across from New Canaan Library. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously in favor of the $45,908 contract with Dalling Construction. 

Some of the sidewalks on Maple Street between Main Street and South Avenue “are not part of the library construction project but should be done,” according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann. “They have not been done since the Center School parking lot was installed,” Mann told the selectmen during their regular meeting, held in Town Hall and via videoconference. “It’s a concrete sidewalk with an asphalt overlay. So the library has to take care of the north side of Maple Street and a portion of the south side of Maple Street around the Center parking lot entranceway.

New Canaan Library Presents Internationally Bestselling Author Fredrik Backman

New Canaan Library is excited to welcome Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove and Anxious People, who will discuss his writing and introduce The Winners, the long-awaited conclusion to his #1 New York Times bestselling Beartown series. Fredrik Backman will speak on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 PM in the auditorium of New Canaan Country School. The evening is a ticketed, fundraising event; the $40 ticket includes a signed, hardcopy of The Winners. Guests are asked to arrive at 6:30 PM for book pick up prior to seating. Elm Street Books will be onsite with additional titles for purchase.

Letters Filed Objecting to Library’s Demolition Permit Application

The town’s chief building official last week received four letters of objection to a proposed demolition at New Canaan Library, according to emails obtained by through a public records request. Three of the objection letters lodged with Chief Building Official Brian Platz appear to assume (incorrectly) that the entire 1913 library building will be razed under the demo plan. In fact the demo itself—as reported here—includes a preservation plan for the legacy building as approved in December by the Planning & Zoning Commission. One of the letters, filed by New Canaan Preservation Alliance’s Mimi Findlay, objects to the “partial demolition of the 1913 library.”

“The original, historic 1913 building consists of a dominant gable-roofed front portion and a subordinate rear portion under a lower hip roof,” Findlay wrote in her letter, filed Friday. “The latter has had its back (west) wall altered for the later additions.

PHOTOS: ‘New’ New Canaan Library

The widely anticipated new New Canaan Library project is on budget and ahead of schedule, with an expected opening date of the first quarter in 2023, according to Executive Director Lisa Oldham. Here are some photos from a walkthrough that we took with Oldham on June 16.