If demolished, New Canaan will have no hotels. It is also the last Historic Inn of 3 that remained
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HISTORIC NEW CANAAN, CT INN LIKELY TO BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT
CONCERNED RESIDENTS ASK FOR HELP TO SAVE 1740 ROGER SHERMAN INN
New Canaan, CT, USA – February 25, 2017: Bad news for New Canaan as its Historic landmark, Roger Sherman Inn, is likely to soon be demolished partially or completely.
The Inn is older than the United States itself. Built in 1740 when millions of buffalo still roamed the west, American Indians in CT lived as neighbors and visitors traveled by clipper ship and horse and carriage, the Inn endured the Revolutionary, Civil and 2 World Wars and is loved by generations of New Canaan residents.
The plan which generates a demolition option requires a zone change – it is not currently the right of the land owners. To give owners a $5M contract sale price, on Tue Feb 28th 7PM, P&Z has been asked to change zoning from Commercial (Historic) to 6 house Residential on 1.9 acres – both nonconforming in a 1 acre zone.
If demolished, New Canaan will have no hotels. It is also the last Historic Inn of 3 that remained (Maples Inn demolished in 2011 – by the same developer – and Melba Inn demolished in 2004).
P&Z officials have a basis for protecting historic assets – the 10 year town plan cites “Preserve Historic Resources” to maintain Town character. Or could the Town pay to move the Inn (historically intact) to another site?
Concerned? Contact P&Z by Feb 28th: Steve.Palmer@newcanaanct.gov Fax: 203-594-3127