Roger Sherman Inn remains open, for short-term
Updated 2:23 pm, Friday, January 20, 2017
NEW CANAAN — The Roger Sherman Inn has not yet served its final meal.
Despite proposed redevelopment looming, as of now, the Roger Sherman Inn will remain open until the end of February, according to staff.
The news comes after a Dec. 5 post on Roger Sherman’s Facebook page, in which owners Nes and Joseph Jaffre announced the beloved restaurant and inn would close on Jan. 2. It also comes after several public hearings with proposed developer Andy Glazer, of the Glazer Group, in which members of the public expressed their dismay at the restaurant’s imminent closing.
A new application was submitted on Jan. 3 by Westport-based Landtech on behalf of Glazer, describing an amended plan for the 1.79-acre property on which he hopes to build
On the land where the inn, built in the 1700s, sits, Glazer is proposing to build six single-family, two-story detached dwellings, each at roughly 2,850 square feet and with a two-car garage. Roughly a third of an acre on the north of the parcel would be designated open green space.
“The intent is to construct the new homes and their facades so that the look and feel from Oenoke Ridge would remain similar to the existing,” the application states..
This is the third plan submitted by Glazer, who in September filed an application to build eight homes, then reapplied in October to build seven.
An advantage of converting the 135-seat restaurant and 17-room inn, Glazer said in the application, is to make the zone better conform to zoning regulations and better fit in with the residences that surround the property on the north and east and the Maples Inn, also a Glazer project, to the south. The aim is to replace an existing nonconforming commercial use in a residential zone and replace it with “another nonconforming use of a less objectionable character.”
According to the application, which includes a traffic report, “the traffic from our new residential project will greatly diminish the traffic impacts to the neighborhood from the current restaurant and inn uses.”
In addition to mitigating traffic, the application said the residences would reduce noise, light and vibration and be more consistent with the residential neighborhood surrounding the Roger Sherman.