Letter: Who owns Maple Street Cemetery?
To the Editor,
It will be good to learn more about what is planned for Merritt Apartments at tonight’s P&Z meeting.
But one question is what will happen to the early 19th century Maple Street Cemetery if the plan moves forward, and who owns the 1.13-acre parcel which is now the cemetery? This cemetery is home to 52 founders of New Canaan. The address is 26 Park St.
According to the tax assessor’s records, it’s owned by the Town, sale date 1/1/1900, 1.13 acres, http://appraisalonline.newcanaanct.gov/showparcel.php?p=8436
But, a quick Google search showed this special permit application which states the owner is M2 Partners: (See page 5 and page 14 of this link:
So, if Town Hall is listed as owner of the property on tax records, why is it listed here, under this special permit application, under M2 Partners?
If it’s owned by the town, shouldn’t we be discussing its future in light of the project? But, if it’s owned by M2, when did that take place and why isn’t it reflected in Town records?
Will the cemetery have to be moved if the ground beneath it is used for underground parking?
Information on Maple Street Cemetery may be found at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GRid=50734006&CRid=2348538&
Here’s a link to all 52 people who are buried there: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSsr=1&GScid=2348538&
Col. Benedict was original owner and builder of the Ardsley Inn, 1790, which had been on the corner of Park and Maple. http://nchistory.org/the-ardsley-inn/ His internment record and bio: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=50734006
This cemetery is an important part of New Canaan’s local culture and is the final home to many of our town’s founding families.