Former St. A’s Pastor to P&Z: The Church-Owned House on Maple Street Should Be Demolished

Saint Aloysius Church had explored the possibility of refurbishing the house at 30 Maple St. for many years after the structure began to show signs of wear due to heavy use, according to the church’s former, longtime pastor. The church’s leadership asked engineers and architects about how to renovate the building “so that we could continue to use it for teaching and meeting space,” the Rev. Msgr. William Scheyd said in a Dec. 29 to Planning & Zoning Commission Chair Dan Radman.

Preservation Group Sues P&Z Over Library Approvals

A local nonprofit organization last week filed its third lawsuit against the New Canaan Planning & Zoning Commission following the appointed body’s approval of a widely anticipated rebuilding project downtown. The New Canaan Preservation Alliance had filed administrative appeals in August 2021 when P&Z approved New Canaan Library’s project, and then again in January 2022 after the Commission approved the library’s plan to preserve much of what remains of an original 1913 building by moving it to the organization’s western property line. On Dec. 7, the Town Clerk’s office received notice of another complaint from the NCPA, this one saying that P&Z’s Nov. 15 approvals of a text change to the zoning regulations and site plan for the library to move and enclose an approximately 65-by-20-foot piece of the legacy building about five feet from the property line that the library shares with the Gulf station.