Library closes on acquisition of pivotal piece of land, commences capital campaign
NEW CANAAN — More than a year of negotiation came to a satisfying end for proponents of a new and improved library when the New Canaan Library closed Tuesday on the acquisition of a home at 48 South Ave.
“It’s exciting. There’s going to be lots of other people involved, but I’m very happy to lend my name and I know Joe is too,” Mallozzi said.
Beginning in 2015, the negotiations involved a dizzying number of library and town personnel, including former member of the library’s Board of Trustees Chris LeBris, Library Executive Director Lisa Oldham, the library’s Board of Trustees President Alicia Wyckoff, Board of Finance Chairman Neil Budnick, and councilmen Bill Walbert and Kevin Moynihan.
Oldham has said the acquisition of the home is important in that it gives the library greater architectural freedom in redeveloping. If not for the purchase, zoning regulations would have confined the redevelopment to the library’s current axis on Main and Cherry streets.
“Through Lisa Oldham’s leadership, I feel the library has been rejuvenated, Mallozzi said. “She’s done a wonderful job laying out a vision and giving the community a good experience. I think the only missing piece is the physical structure of that building.”
Mallozzi and Scarborough will take part in an upcoming fundraiser for for the project in New York City in April.