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What Will Branford Look Like in 10 Years?

by Diana Stricker | Nov 13, 2017 7:50 am

Marcia Chambers Photo What would you like to change in Branford? Do you have suggestions or questions? Now’s the time to speak up.

A public workshop for updating the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) will be held Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Walsh Intermediate School, 185 Damascus Road. The POCD is “a tool for guiding the future of Branford. It is intended to be both visionary and action-oriented,” the POCD said in introducing its 2008 report. The POCD is updated every 10 years, and this one is due for completion in November 2018.

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Groundbreaking Held for New Community-Senior Center

by Bill O'Brien | Oct 31, 2017 6:17 am

Bill O'Brien Photo There were a lot of smiling faces at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Community Center last Friday on the grounds of the recently closed Branford Community House. The work has already begun on the much anticipated shared community and senior center facility. Over 40 attended the traditional shoveling-of-the-dirt ceremony.

Bill O'Brien Photo “When this new building is finished it will be the hub of the community,” First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove (pictured) told a crowd of 40 people who attended the traditional shoveling-of-the-dirt ceremony Friday morning.

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Two Retail Stores Proposed for North Main St. Site

by Diana Stricker | Sep 20, 2017 6:52 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo Two retail buildings are being proposed for a vacant 14-acre lot at 250 N. Main St.  Since the project would impact wetlands, a two-hour public hearing was held Thursday before the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC), and will continue Oct. 12.

The site is located between Route 1 and I-95, and is 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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Home Stretch for Atlantic Wire Demo

by Sally E. Bahner & Bill O'Brien | Aug 31, 2017 7:38 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The demolition of Atlantic Wire has been underway since July, making way for a 7.5-acre residential and commercial project, Atlantic Wharf, which was approved in January 2016.

Bill O'Brien Photo The Atlantic Wire factory, which began operations in 1906, declared bankruptcy and closed in 2008 after being charged with federal crimes and state violations for polluting the Branford River. At that time, former Attorney General Richard Blumenthal called Atlantic Wire one of the worst polluters in the state. Here is the building prior to demolition.

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IWC Selects Peer Review Experts For Retail Project

by Diana Stricker | Aug 21, 2017 7:55 am

Diana Stricker Photo The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) selected independent consultants to review plans for a proposed retail project at 250 North Main Street. The public hearing will be 7:30 p.m. September 14 at the Canoe Brook Senior Center.

The commission voted unanimously at the Aug. 10 meeting to select Codespoti & Associates of Orange to do a peer review of the plans.  The only other response was from CLA Engineers of Norwich. The applicant pays for the cost of a peer review.

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Former Costco Site Gets Controversial Time Extension

by Diana Stricker | Jul 31, 2017 6:29 am

Diana Stricker Photo The developers of the 44-acre Planned Development District (PDD) and Master Plan at Exit 56, where Costco once planned to build a warehouse, have one more year to submit site plans — maybe.

Diana Stricker Photo The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission (pictured) voted 3-2 to grant a one-year extension, but Town Attorney Bill Aniskovich warned that the decision could be appealed.  Zoning regulations say a site plan must be submitted within 24 months of Master Plan approval, or the plans are null and void. However, the regulations do not address the possibility of extensions. The deadline was July 30.

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P&Z Approves Sterling Ridge, SolarCity Project

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 20, 2017 8:10 am

With Permission A condominium project with a long and contentious history has received approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), along with a 9-acre solar panel project by Solar City on Tabor Drive that will supply power to town facilities.

Sterling Ridge, which has been on the Planning and Zoning (PZC) agenda in some form or another since 2003, was submitted as a Planned Development District (PDD) modification at 26 Cherry Hill Road. As a condition of the approval, the project will be subject to various conditions and specific site plans will have to be submitted.

 

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Legislators Plan Override of Malloy’s Veto of Affordable Housing Revisions

by Diana Stricker | Jul 11, 2017 6:47 am

The CT. Mirror State legislators who overwhelmingly voted to update the state’s Affordable Housing Statute are hoping to override the recent veto by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The bill, which would have prevented exploitation of the statute, received bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives, which voted 116 - 33 in late May; and the Senate, which voted 30-6 in early June.

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