‘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.

New 12-Unit Building Proposed for Husted Lane

A residential property owner on the edge of downtown New Canaan is seeking permission to replace two 19th Century dwellings with a 2.5-story, 12-unit building. The proposed one- and two-bedroom building at 8 and 10 Husted Lane will include commercial space on the ground floor, and an application filed on behalf of the property owner by attorney Jacqueline Kaufman of Stamford-based Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP includes a request to re-zone the properties from Residential B to Retail B. 

“The Retail B Zone contemplates multifamily developments, such as that proposed, and the property can support the proposed density comfortably and pursuant to the existing expectation and allowance within the Zone,” the application said. “The proposed development will serve as a meaningful transition between the surrounding zones, will have complementary standards and goals. The building is designed and situated on the property to maintain a low-profile appearance, is consistent with a New England aesthetic and represents a significant improvement over existing conditions. The updated architectural style also complements the quality of life for neighboring property owners.”

The Planning & Zoning Commission is scheduled to take up the application at its regular meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Owners of ‘The Vue’ Apartment-and-Condo Complex Seek Permission To Nix Barrier Fence

The owners of a major residential project on the edge of downtown New Canaan are seeking permission to forgo building a fence separating an adjacent development from a planned pedestrian accessway through the property—a proposal those neighbors are pushing back on, officials say. According to an attorney representing the owners of The Vue, an apartment-and-condo complex formerly known as Merritt Village, the fence that was to run off of Mead Street, blocking off the planned walkway from Mead Commons is unsafe and unnecessary. Owner M2 Partners “recently learned that the installation of the fence will result in significantly impairing emergency access to the property,” attorney Steve Finn of Stamford-based Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky told members of the Planning & Zoning Commission in a statement attached to an application to amend conditions of his client’s Special Permit. Citing an April 15 email from Fire Marshal Fred Baker, Finn said “that the emergency accessway from Mead Street is already very restrictive and that construction of the fence ‘would reduce the width further yet, making the driveway all but useless for emergency access.’ ”

Additionally, “the installation of the fence is unnecessary because current landscaping and topography provides more than adequate screening and will serve as a significant deterrent to walkers seeking to gain access to the pedestrian accessway from Mead Commons,” Finn said. “[A] dense landscape buffer” already screens the accessway from Mead Commons “and the topography along the property line is relatively steep,” Finn said.

Owner of Vacant Canoe Hill Road Lot Seeks P&Z Permission To Build New Home, Accessory Structures

The owner of a vacant 3.16-acre rear lot on Canoe Hill Road is seeking permission to build a new home, pool house, greenhouse and detached garage. 

Plans for 221 Canoe Hill Road call for locating the garage 40 feet from the lot’s access way, according to an application filed on behalf of the property’s owner by attorney David Rucci of New Canaan-based Lampert, Toohey & Rucci LLC. 

The proposed buildings “are smaller in footprint” than what had stood on the oversized lot before “and creates more open space in the neighborhood,” Rucci said in the application. 

“The proposed development is in keeping with the residential character of the neighborhood,” Rucci said. “The garage is sited to provide easy access to the drive. This particular proposal is consistent with the Plan of Conservation and Development as it supports open space [and] uses existing systems with minimal disturbance.”

The Planning & Zoning Commission is scheduled to take up the application at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. 

P&Z approval is needed for the Special Permit and site plan, as well as for the planned excavation and soil disturbance (page 137 here) and for locating an accessory building in a front yard and within 150 feet of the street (page 54). 

Town Planner Lynn Brooks Avni noted in a memo to the Commission that although the proposed garage is more than 150 feet from Canoe Hill Road, it is just 40 feet from the access way (the property shares the access way with 219 and 223 Canoe Hill Road). P&Z may consider conditioning an approval for the application, including that soil and erosion controls be bolstered and that prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy, the applicant submit a licensed engineer’s as-built plan. 

The lot had been purchased in June 2018 for $1,525,000, tax records show. Here’s where it is: