Wide Brick Patio Areas Planned for Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee, Tony’s Deli 

Two of New Canaan’s most popular downtown destinations stand to get increased pedestrian and seating areas out front, under a proposal that’s expected to come before the Planning & Zoning Commission this month. Under an application submitted by a Stamford-based engineering and land surveyor company, the wide area out front of Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee and Tony’s Deli would get brick paver patios similar to the one already installed outside the Pine Street Concessions food hall. “The new brick paved patio expansion is intended to match the existing patio both in material as well as the herringbone paving pattern,” Brian McMahon of Redniss & Mead said in an application filed on behalf of property owner New Canaan Lumber Co. “Due to grade changes between the existing and expanded patio areas, an extension of the granite site steps currently along the building frontage is proposed out to the public sidewalk along Pine Street. The new patio area will include granite border materials and railings that are intended to match existing conditions.”

P&Z is expected to take up the application at its Jan.

New Accessory Dwelling Proposed for Hemlock Hill Road Property

The owners of a 3.82-acre property in northern New Canaan are seeking permission to replace two garages, including one with a two-bedroom apartment above, with a single new, smaller structure that includes a dwelling on the second-floor. The two-bedroom apartment at 81 Hemlock Hill Road would be located above a new three-car garage, according to an application filed on behalf of the property’s owners by architect Dan Radman of RADMANarchitects. The property includes a 1935-built, 10,000-square-foot home, tax records show. According to the application, the two freestanding garages currently on the property have a combined coverage of 1,627 square feet, while the new structure would be about 1,211 square feet. “In lieu of an additional pool house, we have decided to include a bathroom with shower, as well as additional storage areas, into this new garage, thereby consolidating two potential accessory structures into one,” the application said.

Neighbors Sue P&Z over Approval of Husted Lane Development

The owner of a structure in the town’s Historic District is joining a condominium association in suing the New Canaan Planning & Zoning Commission for its recent decision to approve a mixed-use development at the edge of the downtown. P&Z’s Oct. 27 vote in favor of a zoning change, Special Permit and site plan for a 12-unit residential building with a 315-square-foot commercial space on Husted Lane was “illegal, unlawful, arbitrary and in abuse of the powers vested in the” Commission, according to a complaint filed Nov. 19 on behalf of a limited liability company that owns 46 Main St. and the Oenoke Association, whose condos are located on Heritage Hill Road.

Art Gallery Proposes Illuminated Sign Spelling Out ‘Hopeful’

The owner of an art gallery in the center New Canaan’s business district is seeking permission from town officials to install an illuminated sign. The 24-inch-tall multicolored letters of the sign spelling out ‘Hopeful’ would be located 13 feet above ground on a brick wall facing South Avenue, under an application submitted to the Planning & Zoning Commission by Heather Gaudio Fine Art. To be illuminated by lightbulbs in the lettering itself, the aluminum letters form a text-based work of art, Gaudio told P&Z in an Oct. 28 email that forms part of her application for a zoning permit. The work by artist Charlie Hewitt is “a colorful beacon and one meant to raise awareness and spirits in what has been such a challenging time for all of us,” Gaudio said in the email.

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.