Proposed permanent New Canaan Post Office in black and white
Updated 3:39 pm, Wednesday, April 22, 2015
After a wait of more than a year, plans for a proposed permanent post office in New Canaan filed with the town last week show a two-story brick structure, which developers said is within the acceptable spectrum of New Canaan's architectural styles.
A black and white rendering of the proposed post office, filed last week with the Planning & Zoning Department, shows a two-story, 8,220-square-foot brick Federal-style structure, which developers said is in keeping with downtown's architectural aesthetic.
If it moves forward, the two separate buildings occupying the lots at 18-26 Locust St. would be knocked down.
The proposal, submitted by LB18 Developers, seeks a variance to cut the number of parking spaces from 26 to 19, fewer than normally required, and citing the ample supply of spots a few steps away at the Locust Street municipal lot.
The façade of the building will be brick and the roof will be synthetic slate, and will require a special exemption to include a larger floor area ratio than normally allowed.
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"The property has been thoughtfully designed to be consistent with surrounding development and as such will continue to encourage appropriate development within the neighborhood and zone," the proposal stated.
The plan envisions the post office occupying the first floor of the new building, with general office space above.