Seminary Street Property Owner Applies for Building Permit for Two Homes

Following unanimous Special Permit and site plan approval by the Planning & Zoning Commission at its regular meeting in September, the town last week received an application to construct two residences on a Seminary Street lot where a single-family home had once stood. The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath residences at 115 Seminary St. will include 2,281 and 2,331 square feet of living space, according to a building permit application field Oct. 13. They’ll cost about $550,000 apiece to build, according to the application, and the contractor and architect on the job is Anthony Tomas Builders are of Norwalk. 

Tomas himself is listed as a principal of the company that owns the .35-acre property on the corner of Scofield Lane, state records show.

Divided P&Z Approves October Wedding at The Glass House

Despite concerns voiced by a Planning & Zoning Commission member who lives near The Glass House, the appointed body last week voted 4-2 to allow the organization to host a wedding this fall on its Ponus Ridge campus. Dick Ward, a P&Z commissioner who lives on Winfield Lane, .3 miles from the National Trust for Historic Preservation site, said approval of the Oct. 4 wedding “would, in my opinion, create perhaps an unnecessary and perhaps dangerous precedent, on two levels.”

“One is it’s been our longtime practice that financial considerations are not a criteria to support a Special Permit or an amendment to a Special Permit,” Ward said during P&Z’s regular meeting, held Aug. 25 via videoconference. “And it’s pretty clear that the request is based on a financial concern and I don’t think we want to open that door.

Glass House Seeks P&Z Approval To Extend COVID-Related Flexibility Through Tour Season

Saying they expect the state’s social distancing guidelines to remain in place as the COVID-19 virus pandemic persists, officials at The Glass House are seeking to extend to the end of the tour season a handful of special allowances from the Planning & Zoning Commission. P&Z in May approved a Glass House request to allow a small amount of parking on-site at Ponus Ridge, and to permit overflow parking in the nearby West School lot. Granted amid coronavirus-related restrictions on museums the Glass House officials said would make its regular operation prohibitively difficult—specifically, observing social distancing requirements in small vans used to get tour-goers from a downtown Visitors Center to The Glass House itself—the allowances are set to expire at month’s end. The organization is asking that they be extended through Dec. 15.

P&Z Application: Two Detached Homes Planned for Corner Lot on Seminary Street

The owners of a .6-acre property on the edge of downtown New Canaan are seeking permission to build two residential structures on a corner lot where a single residence had stood. The two units at 115 Seminary St. will have 2,945 and 2,715 square feet of living space, respectively, according to an application filed with Planning & Zoning. “The development will be attractive and consistent with the surrounding neighborhood,” according to an application filed on behalf of the property owner by New Canaan-based attorney David Rucci of Lampert, Toohey & Rucci LLC. 

“The new structures will be suitable in relation to its site characteristics,” Rucci added. “Its design is consist with the other Colonial homes in the area.

‘Core Burn Pilates’ Coming To Park Street

A pilates studio is planned for a commercial space in downtown New Canaan, according to an application that is to come before the Planning & Zoning Commission on Tuesday. Core Burn Pilates is to be located in the former L’Amoire space at 102 Park St., according to applications for approval of a sign out front of the prominent brick-exterior building and site plan to allow a change in use from retail to personal services. According to a narrative filed on behalf of property owner Caroline Realty LLC, nothing is changing with the building and the new tenant will have access to a large parking lot off of Cherry Street. 

The space had been occupied by L’Armoire for 34 years, according to the narrative from the LLC’s managing partner, Rob Mallozzi. “Last July I received a call from a neighboring businesses alerting me to moving vans outside of that location; the tenant moved out without a word leaving a year left on the lease,” Mallozzi said in the letter. L’Armoire’s owner was Diane Roth.