Environment

P&Z Oversees a Four Hour Marathon

by Diana Stricker | Nov 22, 2016 8:00 am

Diana Stricker Photo The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission held a marathon four-hour session Thursday with seven public hearings ranging from dog kennels to solar panels to condo projects. Even an old project, Sterling Ridge, found its way back to the commission. And when the hearings were over, The P&Z approved a special exception that will enable Hallock’s popular warehouse and outlet store to move to Branford. The outlet is currently located in West Haven.

Two hearings were continued, four projects were approved and one was discussed but no vote was taken. The commission scheduled five new hearings for Dec. 15 for new applications, and they discussed other projects that didn’t require hearings.

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State Grants Awarded to Preserve Branford, Madison Woodlands

by Staff | Nov 17, 2016 8:10 am

File Photo State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-Branford) announced yesterday that Branford and Madison would receive major state grants aimed at preserving nearly 100 acres of significant forest land within their towns.

Kennedy was joined by Representatives Lonnie Reed (D-Branford), Sean Scanlon (D-Guilford), and Noreen Kokoruda (R-Madison) as he announced that the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition program had approved $91,000 for Branford’s Red Hill Road property. The Red Hill property, located off Exit 56 at I-95, was recently acquired by the Branford Land Trust (BLT). This 29.1-acre undeveloped wood lot is within the Hoadley Creek watershed and contributes to an existing greenway of forest land.

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Subaru Unveils Proposed Dealership

by Diana Stricker | Nov 15, 2016 8:00 am

Diana Stricker Photo The architect for the proposed new Subaru dealership in Branford said owner Bob Alvine couldn’t attend Thursday’s public hearing with the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) because he was meeting with Subaru officials in Japan.

“I designed the building with Mr. Alvine,” architect John Mathews of Madison told the commissioners. “He really wants to make the town proud of this facility,” he said. “The existing one is overflowing.”

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Along the Shoreline Tabor Trail

by Diana Stricker | Oct 21, 2016 7:00 am

With Permission “This is our pride and joy,” said Judy Miller as she viewed sketches of Branford’s proposed Shoreline Greenway Trail (SGT) between Tabor Drive and Pine Orchard Road.

Miller shared her feelings about the trail with the Eagle prior to the public information meeting at Fire Headquarters Wednesday evening.  Although it only measures about .6 of a mile, the Tabor section will be an integral part of the proposed 25-mile hiking and biking trail that would extend from Lighthouse Point in New Haven to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 20, 2016 7:17 am

If you’re a fan of Halloween, your time draws nigh! Pumpkins are everywhere and farm markets such as Rose’s Orchard in North Branford and Bishop’s Orchard Farm Market in Guilford are offering wagon rides and corn mazes. There’s still time to pick your own apples. The Stand in Indian Neck is decked out and there’s still one more week for the Branford Alps Farm Market – its last hurrah for the season is Thursday, Oct. 27. Check out our listings for additional fall-inspired activities.

Saturday, Oct. 22

 

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Love Strikes Again as Subaru Expands Dealership

by Diana Stricker | Oct 17, 2016 7:00 am

Diana Stricker Photo The owner of Premier Subaru is hoping to build a new facility, with more than 30 service bays and a museum, on properties across the road from his Branford headquarters (pictured) at 150 N. Main St.

The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) will hold a public hearing Nov. 10 on the proposal, which involves three adjoining properties at 155, 165 and 175 N. Main St. The properties are all owned by Bob Alvine, president and general manager of the dealership, through his Premier Realty Holdings LLC . 

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Community-Senior Center Costs Rise to $12.24M

by marcia chambers | Oct 5, 2016 12:49 pm | Comments (2)

With Permission The Board of Finance (BOF) learned last night that the cost for a renovated-expanded senior center-community house project had risen to $12.24 million, the result of recently discovered contamination in the soil under the community house and the need to purchase property for additional parking.

In addition, the newly renovated center at 46 Church St. will be transformed into a flood resistant facility in order to serve “as a full refuge for the community,” the lead architect told the BOF. 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 30, 2016 8:00 am

Now that the cooler weather has kicked in, did you hear that collective sigh of relief? Time to pull up the comforter and maybe even kick on the electric blanket. A great time to snuggle with our beloved pets. Speaking of which… Sunday brings Branford Compassion Club’s Blessing of the Animals after a one-year hiatus. It’s a mecca for animal advocates and pet lovers alike. So bring your favorite critter for the blessing at 1:30 p.m. – they need all they can get! Lots of other cool events coming up in the next few weeks as well!

Saturday, Oct. 1

Mystery Buildings Tour

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Parkside Village Zoning Changes Face Obstacles

by marcia chambers | Sep 21, 2016 7:10 am

With Permission More than 100 neighbors, some respectful, some rude, challenged plans to redevelop Parkside Village 1 last week, saying a massive new building 40 feet high was out of sync with the neighborhood both in scale and design.

Dissent against the proposed plan to redevelop the low-income senior housing project came not only from a well-organized group of neighbors, but from a few Planning & Zoning commissioners as well as by Harry Smith, the town planner. Smith seemed disheartened by the scale and scope of the proposed changes, which requires that Parkside 1 buildings be demolished and rebuilt. He said the proposed new housing was “more akin to a commercial building.”

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P&Z Consensus: Deny Pawson Park Project

by marcia chambers | Sep 16, 2016 12:00 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) won’t vote on a small affordable housing project on what is termed an “unbuildable lot” in Pawson Park until its next meeting, but the commissioners expressed concern and disapproval about the project last night.

The half-acre property at 239 Pawson Road is located in a flood plain, and contains tidal wetlands and an easement to an adjacent 20 acres of state-owned open-space property.

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