Economic Development/Business

IWC Approves Two Retail Stores

by Diana Stricker | Jan 19, 2018 9:08 am

A retail project on a vacant 14-acre site along Route 1 was unanimously approved by the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) last week. Plans call for two retail buildings, but the names have not been made public. Apparently there is no town requirement to do so.

The property is located at 250 N. Main St., adjacent to the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home on one side; and United Tire Inc. and Greystone Manor condominiums on the other side.

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Parkside Village Approval Could Be Complicated

by Diana Stricker | Jan 11, 2018 2:31 pm

Beacon CommunitiesThe Parkside Village I proposal could be approved by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission next week or in early February. However, a simple majority vote may not be enough to approve one of the three applications involved in the project.

At a special meeting Monday night, a majority of the commissioners directed the town planner to draw up resolutions in favor of the Parkside affordable housing project.

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Branford’s Dawn Hocevar New President-CEO at BioCT

by Bill O'Brien | Jan 8, 2018 8:50 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThis past month members of the Branford Economic Development Commission, Board of Selectman, Board of Finance, Branford High School along with Town Hall department heads joined with Branford biotech officials at the Blackstone Memorial Library to say “farewell and thank you” to Susan Froshauer, outgoing CEO and president of Connecticut United for Research Excellence, Inc. (CURE). Then they welcomed incoming CEO Dawn Hocevar. They also welcomed a new name for the organization: BioCT. 

Branford, with dozens of life science companies, has been a CURE member since 2001, the first municipality to join the organization.CURE is a not-for-profit organization that works to keep Connecticut competitive in bio-science by building and supporting educational and business networks in order to maintain a critical mass for the industry in Connecticut.

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Building Commission Votes to Put Walsh Project Out to Bid

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 4, 2018 12:10 pm

Sally E. Bahner PhotoAfter more than two years of planning and meetings concerning design and educational specifications, bids will be advertised for the $88.2 million renovation to Walsh Intermediate School.

The Public Building Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to advertise for bids starting Jan. 12 for a 3 1/2 –week period ending Feb. 7.

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Smiling Faces, Teary Eyes: Final Days for Branford Book & Card

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 29, 2017 8:30 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner PhotoBob Esposito of Branford Book & Card Shoppe recalled his first day of store ownership. “I couldn’t sleep. I had my keys in place and hoped my car would start,” he said.

The last day of 2017 will mark the end of a 44-year Branford tradition. Dec. 31 will be the last day of business for Branford Book and Card Shoppe.

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Boutique Hotel and Town Boardwalk Make Debut at P&Z

by marcia chambers | Dec 26, 2017 8:29 am

The Branford River took stage center at a P&Z Commission meeting last week as a boutique hotel named the Tidal Lodge was approved in spirit, and the town’s first boardwalk made its debut.

Marcia Chambers PhotoAfter listening to a presentation about the hotel, the P&Z voted unanimously to ask Town Planner Harry Smith to prepare a resolution to approve the hotel project. 

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BOF Approves $5.4M Bonding for Blackstone Library Renovation

by marcia chambers | Dec 20, 2017 8:54 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers PhotoIn a unanimous vote, the Board of Finance this week approved a $5.4 million dollar bond authorization for the renovation of the Blackstone Memorial Library. The BOF recommended the RTM do so as well.

In August, the BOF heard detailed plans from library officials on plans and funding for the library, plans that will bring the iconic 1896 library into the 21st century. The library provides a rich variety of resources for town residents, including computer services. Plans call for a 2,000-square-foot addition on the ground floor, and reconfiguration of many interior spaces throughout the library. The distinctive front entrance and steps will remain the same.

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Building Commission Discusses Art at Walsh, Project Updates

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 19, 2017 7:25 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoThe Public Building Commission (PBC) discussed art installations for the renovated Walsh Intermediate School and heard updates on Walsh and the new Community House/Senior Center at its meeting last week. 

Frank Carrano, former chair of the Board of Education, and Jeanette Mobeck of the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance (BACA) recommended to the commission that a sundial now at the Early Learning Center (the former Pine Orchard School) be relocated to an appropriate space at Walsh, once the school is completed.

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Will Coastal Issues Become a Key POCD Topic?

by Diana Stricker | Dec 18, 2017 7:07 am

Diana Stricker PhotoPeople will have another opportunity to make suggestions and ask questions about the update of the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) before the draft is compiled. In addition, a recent request centers on adding coastal issues to the topics of conservation, development and infrastructure.

After listening to requests for another public meeting, the POCD Steering Committee agreed Wednesday to schedule an open comment session. Town Planner Harry Smith said the meeting could be held in either February or March.

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New Veterinary Facility Pays Homage to Old Roots

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 6, 2017 9:05 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoIt’s fitting that an 80-year-old veterinary practice built on caring for farm animals is reinventing itself on the site of a well-known Branford farm.

Sally E. Bahner PhotoBranford Veterinary Hospital, the oldest veterinary practice in Branford, will soon relocate to a new facility in a former cornfield adjacent to the former Bahnsen farm on Route 139. Site work is now underway and a July 2018 opening is expected.

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