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A house in Ridgefield, built in the 1870s, has been demolished without the proper permits.  The Ridgefield Press reports that the property owner submitted an application to the Building Department for a demolition permit last month for 8 and 10 New Street.  The structures were torn down before the the end of 30 days specified in the demolition ordinance.  Adopted in 2020, it requires that the Ridgefield Historic District Commission, the Ridgefield Historical Society and the town clerk be notified of intent be certified or registered mail.  The owner sent notification, but not by certified mail.  An assessment led to objection to the house’s demolition, triggering a 90 day delay in a permit being issued.  Plans for the New Street properties include an access-way for two single-family homes.  The ordinance carries a maximum fine of $500, but the town could take legal action.  It was first proposed after the Nehemiah Keeler House was demolished in 2009, despite efforts to try and preserve it.  The a Colonial saltbox was built within a decade of the founding of Ridgefield. 

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