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Attend the Town Council meeting Wednesday night

February 27, at 7:00 PM

The Town Council will be voting to approve the NCPA plan to restore and use the Mead Park Brick Barn.  We are asking the Town Council to vote to rescind the $65,000 appropriation to demolition the Mead Park Brick Barn.  The NCPA is also asking the Town Council to approve a lease between the Town of New Canaan and Mead Park Brick Barn.

The NCPA will restore and use Mead Park Brick Barn. The NCPA will be transparent in its restoration process and the sources of funding it will use.  Seventy-five percent (75%) of the funding for this project is from the state preservation programs.  No taxpayer dollars will be spent.  It is the wish of the NCPA that the restoration  of the MPBB be viewed as a pilot and replicated by the Town for the restoration, adaptive reuse and maintenance of its many historic buildings currently in serious disrepair.  The NCPA offers to be a partner with the town in this long term, productive endeavor.

If you can't be there, or wish not to speak at the meeting on the 27th, then please send an email to the Town Council members c/o Tom Stadler, to

Save the Mead Park Brick Barn.

Send the email to:  Tom.Stadler@newcanaanct.gov

And ask that your letter be included in the package that goes to the Town Council!

At the February 27th Town Council meeting a vote will take place to rescind the $65,000 ear-marked for the demolition contract to demolish the Mead Park Brick Barn,  a century-old building and one of 40 industrial buildings listed with  CT Register of Historic places. 

We request that the Town Council votes to rescind!

The NCPA has continued to move forward with this effort to Save Mead Park Brick Barn:

NCPA retained noted CT legal counsel and issued his written opinion that the Town Council can rescind the vote to fund the demolition of the Barn

NCPA restoration experts surveyed and documented the building and then produced restoration drawings and specifications

NCPA presented the restoration documents to the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office for funding preview

NCPA produced and presented a Proposal for restoration funding and facilitation to the Town of New Canaan using the Mead Park Brick Barn as a pilot program

NCPA reached out to all representatives of Town government to meet and discuss details of the proposal, updates and answer questions

NCPA gathered hundreds of signatures in support of this project

NCPA gathered donations and pledges toward the restoration effort

NCPA identified and contacted additional funding sources including matching grants

NCPA continues to speak in support of this project at Town meetings

“While utilitarian buildings such as this appear simple in design, they are important physical expressions of former life ways that allow us to connect with our past and understand the history of our local landscapes. The Mead Park Carriage Barn is particularly notable as a rare type of specialized building……. The Mead Park Carriage Barn is a key resource that marks a formerly industrial section of town….”

Jenny F. Scofield, AICP
National Register and
Architectural Survey Coordinator
State Historic Preservation Office
August 8, 2018

“The structure is individually listed on the State Register of Historic Places. The State Register of Historic Places is an official listing of properties and sites important to the historical development of Connecticut……The Connecticut Trust has worked with New Canaan Preservation Alliance to identify available sources of funding for the rehabilitation of historic structures….”

Jane Montanaro
Executive Director
Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation
August 7, 2018

“The building has a rich history; represents a significant technological period in New Canaan's, and the nation's, history; poses no obstacle to the town's use of existing resources; and has unexplored use-value to the town and its residents. Rather than demolish it, I encourage its preservation as an opportunity to utilize former industrial space for the benefit of the town and its citizens.”

 

Richard O'Connor, Ph.D.
Chief, Heritage Documentation Programs
National Park Service
16 November 2010

“I write to urge your careful consideration of all alternatives to the destruction of the Mead Park Standard Oil Brick Barn. Historic structures are an integral part of Connecticut's culture. It is important that every effort is made to seek ways to preserve these buildings.”

 

 

Richard Blumenthal
United States Senate
April 12, 2011