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Panel To Begin Planning New Canaan Town Hall Work

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Renovations to New Canaan Town Hall could begin early next year now that town officials have appointed a six-member committee to decide how the work will be done.

The Board of Selectmen voted Tuesday to create Town Hall Building Committee III to oversee the Town Hall work. First Selectman Robert Mallozzi III will be one of the members, along with Michael Anthony, Neil Budnick, Interim Finance Director Kathleen Corbet, John Goodwin and Randy Salvatore.

Public Works Director Mike Pastore said the committee could choose to go with a concept considered by the Long Range Planning Committee or combine it with other planning committee proposals.  Last month, the planning committee presented a final report recommending demolition of the Town Hall auditorium, building a 15,000- to 18,000-square-foot addition, building a new 250-seat auditorium and installing energy-efficient systems throughout. The renovation would allow town departments currently relocated to Irwin Park and Vine Cottage to return to the main building.

“They could choose one [concept] or something in between,” Pastore said.  “They’ll have to hire an architect to finish it and draft plans.”

Town Hall is in need of several fixes, including some to bring it into compliance with federal disability regulations.

The process is moving forward now that town officials decided not to spend in excess of $100,000 to fix the building’s boiler system. The boiler situation will force the temporary relocation of Town Hall employees this fall. Pastore said employees on the second floor – in the first selectman’s office and information technology, finance and human relations departments – will move to the upper floor of the New Canaan Police Department on South Avenue. Employees on the first floor and basement will move to rental space, likely in the downtown area.

“The goal is to be out by October,” Pastore said.

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