While New Canaan Town Hall prepares for renovations this winter, the offices and administrators made the first move on Friday morning, Sept. 7.
Four departments were scheduled to make the move to temporary offices at 237 Elm St. on Friday. The offices of the tax collector, assessor, fire marshal and parking closed around 11 a.m., and reopened Monday morning next to Walter Stewart's Market.
Some employees were eager to leave Town Hall.
"I'm not sad about the move at all. This building is moldy," said Janice Bouton, a clerk in the tax collector's office.
Town assessor Sebastian Caldarella agreed.
"The building definitely needs some work," he said. "My office, this used to be a bathroom."
But there was some nostalgia in the air, as administrators would be closing the doors to long-occupied offices for the last time Friday morning.
"Don't make me cry," said town tax collector Rosanna DiPanni. "We're very sad, actually. The tax office has been here so many years, it's sad to be leaving. The happy part is that we'll come back to clean, new offices."
The architectural company in charge of the renovation of the building is KSQ Architects, which, according to the first selectman's office, was chosen for its "experienced team, strength in cost management and a solid achievable project timeline."
First Selectman Rob Mallozzi did not return multiple calls for comment.
The town also looked favorably upon KSQ because one of its architects previously worked as an associate at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.