New Canaan Talks Housing

We are excited to invite our friends and neighbors to the debut of “New Canaan Talks Housing,” a series of community conversations focused on housing in our hometown. The first program in this series is Thursday, March 18th at 7pm and will feature Sara Bronin, leader and founder of Desegregate CT, for a talk on “Understanding the Components of Proposed Zoning Changes.” She will discuss Desegregate CT’s 2021 Platform, which includes:
• Accessory Dwelling Units
• Model Codes for Buildings and Streets
• Reduced Parking Mandates
• Commissioner Training
• Housing on Main Streets
• Transit Oriented Development
• 21st Century Technical Standards
This is a unique opportunity for New Canaan residents to hear directly from one of the key zoning experts behind these proposals, and understand their rationale and potential effect on New Canaan if legislation is passed. There will be time for Q&A with Sara Bronin at the end. We look forward to seeing you on March 18th!

New Canaan Man Part of Historic $120 Million Greenwich Estate Sale


A New Canaan man appears to be designated as an owner/manager of the limited liability company that today purchased a famed $120 million estate in Greenwich. [selfie]

Copper Beech Farm is a 50-acre waterfront estate, once property of the Lauder Greenway family (Harriet Lauder Greenway was the daughter of George Lauder, a partner in Carnegie Steel). It was purchased April 11 by Conservation Institute LLC, according to the Greenwich Town Clerk’s office. The seller is Wyoming Corporation, care of Fogarty Cohen Selby & Nemiroff LLC of  Old Greenwich. New Canaan resident Jon Whitcomb is listed as principal of the LLC, according to records with the Connecticut Secretary of the State.

Building at Elm Street and South Avenue Sells for $4.3 Million


The building that includes addresses 44-48 Elm Street sold Monday for $4.3 million, according to a property transfer recorded at the Town Clerk’s office. The building—last assessed, structure and land together, at about $1.4 million—includes Soile Toile on Elm and Pimlico home furnishings, fixtures and accessories shop on the corner and then goes “back” off of Elm, toward Morse Court, maps show. It sold by Hugh Halsell to 44 Elm Associates LLC, a record of the transfer says. A search of the Connecticut Secretary of the State’s records for that LLC didn’t return any results. (The principals at a 4-year-old limited liability company called 42-44 Elm Associates LLC are identified by the state agency as Kenneth and Faith Anne McMahon, that LLC based in Moodus, CT.)

According to tax records, the 1952 building sits on .07 acres and includes 2,847 square feet.