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New Canaan Makes Deal To Move Employees To Elm Street

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Employees at New Canaan Town Hall will likely begin moving to new offices in August now that town officials have approved temporary digs on Elm Street.

The town has agreed to a deal with Stewart Management Corp. to relocate Town Hall employees to temporary space at 229 Elm St., the same building where Walter Stewart’s Market is located, Public Works Director Mike Pastore said. The Town Council agreed to the deal at its meeting last week. The deal cannot officially be signed until July 6, eight days after the project is advertised in local media.

Pastore expects the first employees will move in August. Offices on the Town Hall's second floor, including the first selectman’s office, will move to the New Canaan Police Department on South Avenue.  

Employees will work in the temporary offices until 2014, Pastore said. The move will cost about $600,000, part of a $2.5 million project to plan, design, build and renovate Town Hall, he said.

Although it is a bondable project, town officials don’t plan to bond to cover the “soft” costs of the renovation. Rather, the town will use money from previous bonded projects that have excess funds, including funds from the New Canaan High School renovation. The town will not begin seeking new bond dollars until renovation plans are finalized, Chief Financial Officer Dawn Norton said. 

Renovations to Town Hall have been needed for years. The project became a priority last spring when a boiler in the building’s basement failed, making the building uninhabitable in colder months.  

“We’re trying to get everyone out before it gets cold,” Pastore said, targeting October for the building to be vacated.

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