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Committee Recommends Expanding New Canaan Town Hall

The proposed expansion would bring satellite offices at Irwin Park and Vine Cottage back to Town Hall.

is among numerous Fairfield County towns struggling to figure out how to fund upgrades for in an eroding economy.

During last week's Board of Selectmen meeting, the Long Range Planning Committee reportedly recommended a renovation and expansion of Town Hall, currently estimated at $16 million to $18 million.

According to a report in the New Canaan Advertiser the proposed expansion would bring satellite offices at Irwin Park and Vine Cottage back to Town Hall. The town could then renovate the building at Irwin Park, at an estimated cost of $5.6 million, and move the school administrative offices to that facility, saving more than $200,000 a year in rent.

Other capital projects recommended in the committee's report include renovating the town firehouse and making pedestrian and bike lane improvements in the town center, the report states.

Another recommendation — adding a second tier to the Locust Avenue parking lot — has already been budgeted in the proposed 2012-13 town budget, the Advertiser report states. That project is estimated to cost $3.3 million.

Meanwhile, in what will likely be a public-private project, the board of the New Canaan Library recently decided not to build a new library, as the long range committee had originally recommended, but rather to .

W. H. Taylor March 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Are the facilities in NC really that deficient? Does a small town like ours always have to find a new home for a set of orange cones? What are we trying to attract that isn't already attracted? Please, at least TRY to stop thinking of ways to spend money! I've just begun to come down from the Main St. sidewalk project (what a jackhammering joke that is).
Elmcrest March 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM
This plan beats the grandiose schemes the LRPC was peddling during the ya-ya Jeb Walker days, but I still get nervous when I see Perkins Eastman's name on any municipal project. If they are in charge of design, there's no way they should also be in charge of construction. Put it out to bid. Less than a year ago, they were trying to sell us on a whole slew of new buildings we didn't want and didn't need; their interests are not necessarily aligned with those of our community. But, having said that, it is time to bring Town Hall up-to-date and up-to-code, ADA-compliant and heated with a system that isn't about to explode!
Tom March 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM
This has to be a joke. First you want to spend $18 Million dollars of OUR money so that you can pamper yourselves with lavish new furnishings. Then Rob's committee wants to spend $5.6 million dollars to save $200k in rent a year? Um thats the most rediculous thing I have heard since the sidewalk. I know the Board of Education has been trying to upgrade their lifestyle with giant offices and comfy conference rooms. The BOTTOM LINE here is more for less just like the rest of us. Just like all of those people in the private sector that have to survive in the cubicle jungle. It's time to get over yourselves at town hall and take a dose of reality! I am tired of funding your pet projects and disrespect for my hard earned money. I am NOT YOUR ATM!
J Bauer March 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM
$23.6mm for new town offices... what a bargain!! Just so everyone is really clear, that is about $5k per household in new canaan. So, everyone decide if you feel like plunking down 5 grand so that some town officials can have more comfortable officers. And, what a joke that the local politicians cite a broken boiler as the reason for the renovation. You could replace the entire HVAC system and re-insulate all of town hall, paint and change all the lighting for under seven figures. I thought we elected new officials that were going to be more responsible... this is an absolute utter JOKE.
S Tadik March 27, 2012 at 02:06 PM
ZIRA TO THE RESCUE Just bond it. Ignore Roy Abramowitz, what does he know. He has been officially stifled, anyway. Zira for head of Town Council. Four barks means send the project back for reconsideration.
Hope March 28, 2012 at 01:10 AM
18 mil for town hall, 5.6 for irwin 3.3 for tiered parking = 26.9 million. borrowed. Isn't there any outstanding bond for 4 mil on town hall? Worried.

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