Affordable housing rises quickly in New Canaan

Two tall cinderblock towers have risen on Route 123 surrounded by wooden framing as the new affordable housing buildings at Canaan Parish are quickly becoming visible.

The towers are future shafts for elevators and stairs for what will become two contemporary four-story affordable housing buildings, which will replace the 10 structures at Canaan Parish, 186 Lakeview Ave.

The New Canaan Housing Authority is overseeing the project which will increase the number of livable units from 60 to 100 while reducing overall building footprint.

“We are on track for completion in late August or early September,” Scott Hobbs, chairman of the New Canaan Housing Authority, said in an email on Monday Feb. 15. “(We are) looking forward to getting our folks moved into their new apartments and starting the next phase.”

The new structures on the corner of New Norwalk Road and Lakeview Avenue will have one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

“We are doing our best to minimize the disruptions from construction for our tenants. We appreciate their patience with the process,” Hobbs said.

“All is going well!,” the chairman of the housing authority added.

The smaller footprint is expected to leave more room for green space and community areas for tenants, according to presentations made at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in 2018.

The buildings are planned to open up onto a shared grass courtyard and walkways.

The present parking lots have been said to be the only outdoor play space for children and the new construction will have additional outdoor areas to give room for a playground, according to presentations.

One of the buildings will have common space for tenant gatherings,” Hobbs has said. “We hope to have BBQ facilities and sitting areas.”

The plans also call for an onsite office, a community gathering room, a catering kitchen and parking under and around the buildings, according to Hobbs.