Economic Development/Business

Sen.Chris Murphy Drops In on Local Biotech Firm

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 24, 2017 8:37 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Given its location along the I-95 corridor, proximity to outstanding universities, and abundant office space, Branford has become a magnet for the growing biotech industry.

Case in point is Mount Sinai Genomics Research Center, which moved three years ago into a facility previously occupied by 454 Life Sciences and employs approximately 50 people.

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Two Locations Proposed for Parkside Village

by Diana Stricker | Apr 10, 2017 9:40 am

Diana Stricker Photo The question is — will the Parkside Village 1 affordable housing complex be rebuilt on South Montowese Street, or does the town want to swap the site of the former Branford Hills Elementary School. 

The question was posed Thursday night when the Branford Housing Authority invited the first selectman, members of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), and Parkside tenants to a special meeting. The session was held in the community room of the Parkside Village complex, a public housing project for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

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Demolition Permit Sought for Atlantic Wire Factory

by Diana Stricker | Mar 29, 2017 8:17 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo The possibility of demolishing the former Atlantic Wire factory on Church Street could become a reality if a demolition permit is approved.

That could spur development of the property as an upscale apartment and commercial complex, if another legal appeal regarding the housing complex does not materialize. The developer has renamed the property Atlantic Wharf.

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New Plans Unveiled for Sterling Ridge Housing Project

by Diana Stricker | Mar 27, 2017 8:00 am

With Permission New plans are being proposed for the Sterling Ridge residential project located in the Canoe Brook Historic District in the heart of Branford. Various owners have attempted to develop the site since 2003, but were stalled by opponents objecting to the project.

The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission set a public hearing April 20 to discuss modifications to the previously-approved Planned Development District (PDD) and Master Plan. A preliminary sketch shown above depicts one of four proposed duplex buildings. 

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Brews, Views and A New Plan of Conservation & Development

by Diana Stricker | Mar 9, 2017 8:42 am

Diana Stricker Photo Brews, views and news about upcoming long-range planning projects were on the agenda of last week’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission meeting.

A public hearing was held for expansion at the Thimble Island Brewery at 16 Business Park Drive, but no decision was reached. The commission unanimously approved — with conditions — a proposal by Solar City Corp. to put a solar display near the town-owned Ecology Park on Tabor Drive. And consultants were chosen for the Plan of Conservation of Development (POCD) and the Transportation Oriented Development (TOD) study. Public hearings on the planning projects could begin by early summer.

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P&Z Acts on Subaru, Ecology Park and a Tiny Lot by the Sea

by marcia chambers | Feb 28, 2017 12:17 pm

With Permission A new Subaru dealership gets the green light, a developer using the state’s affordable housing statute to build on a small “unbuildable” lot does not (for the second time) and a solar panel system designed to sit atop scenic ecology park runs into “view” trouble and awaits further discussion.

These were the major actions taken at a Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission meeting held earlier this month at Fire Headquarters.

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Costco Bags Branford

by Marcia Chambers & Diana Stricker | Feb 16, 2017 4:28 pm | Comments (2)

With Permission Costco, the national warehouse retailer, has announced a “business decision” not to build a 158,000-square-foot store in Branford off Exit 56. First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove said in an interview with the Eagle yesterday he would work on finding the best strategy to increase the commercial tax base in town.

Cosgrove said he was a “little bit disappointed. It would have been a good project for the town.” He said Costco did not say why it had not resubmitted the application it withdrew last April after it became clear the Inland Wetlands Commission would turn down Costco on a number of grounds. The developer’s option to purchase the Costco property expires in March.


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Judge Dismisses Neighbor’s Appeal Against Atlantic Wharf

by marcia chambers | Jan 30, 2017 8:58 am

File Photo A Superior Court judge has dismissed an appeal challenging the Planning & Zoning Commission’s (P & Z) approval of the Atlantic Wharf project, a large mixed-use commercial and residential development to be built on Meadow Street.

In a 13-page decision, Superior Court Judge Angela Robinson last week found that “the substantial evidence” in the record “does not support any of the plaintiff’s three claims raised on appeal.” When a party takes an appeal in a zoning or land use matter the court is always limited to the actual record of the proceedings.

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P & Z Approves Building and Expansion Projects

by Diana Stricker | Jan 11, 2017 8:20 am

With Permission Connecticut Orthopedic Specialists’ expansion plans that were approved in July have expanded even before construction began. The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission approved revised plans last week for the North Main Street facility that will provide more outpatient surgical space; and also more overnight recovery rooms, which is a new concept for the Branford site.

The commission also approved plans for a kick-boxing fitness facility on West Main Street; and previously approved plans for an office building on Cedar Street; and a new storage facility on Harbor Street for Cherry Hill Glass Co.

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Town Becomes Formal Party in Legacy Theatre Lawsuits

by marcia chambers | Jan 6, 2017 8:45 am

With Permission New Haven Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Corradino has granted a motion to make the town of Branford a formal party to two Legacy Theatre lawsuits after attorneys agreed the town’s involvement was necessary to achieve a stipulated judgment to settle the case. The final issue? Parking spaces.  If this works, the hope is the theater may open in 2017. 

The idea that the town would be willing to become a party to the lawsuits was announced at a Stony Creek Association (SCA) meeting in mid-November by Attorney Mark K. Branse, who represents a group of neighbor-abutters who live on Thimble Islands Road. In becoming a formal party to the litigation, the town, in effect, agrees that any judgment reached among the four parties will be binding on the town.

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