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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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 11, 2017 10:27 am

Thursday’s storm packed a pretty good wallop and what might be a lot more snow is expected over the next few days, beginning Sunday, so keep an eye to the sky. Hearty souls and eagle lovers can still take advantage of tours, talks, and exhibits – this is the best time of year do this. There are also other opportunities to learn about the wild side of the area, including Long Island. For those who prefer tamer activities, there’s music tonight and looking ahead, the best of craft beer! 

Saturday, Feb. 11

Transatlantic mix at Branford Folk

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P&Z Again Weighs Building on the Unbuildable

by Diana Stricker | Jan 24, 2017 8:56 am

Diana Stricker Photo Branford residents and environmentalists say a proposed affordable housing project on a half-acre site that is prone to coastal flooding would be harmful to the environment and to low-income people who might live there.

“Affordable housing at this site is an environmental injustice. Is it fair to put people who are struggling financially in a flood plain?” asked Branford environmentalist Bill Horne.

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Solar Pause Button?

by marcia chambers | Jan 19, 2017 10:43 am

Harry Droz PhotoAre Connecticut’s farms and forests being paved over by avenues of solar panels?

State Rep. Lonnie Reed, (D-102nd) and State Sen.Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-12th) are looking into that question. They have co-introduced a proposed Green Plan Law that is designed to figure out “best practices and rational approaches” to building grid-scale renewables and other energy infrastructure throughout the state.

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Shoreline Greenway Trail Approved

by Diana Stricker | Jan 16, 2017 12:00 pm

With Permission The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) approved plans Thursday to extend the Shoreline Greenway Trail across the town-owned Tabor property.

“We’re hopeful to start work in late spring,” said Engineer Kent Gannon, of Stantec Inc. in New Haven. “We’re pushing an aggressive schedule,” said Gannon, who presented preliminary plans at a public information meeting in October.  He said the state wants to get the project moving since and federal and state funding is already in place.

The vote was unanimous. Four members of the 10-member IWC were absent, two regular members, John Rusatsky and Merle Berke-Schlessel; and two alternates, Sandra Kraus and Eric Rose.



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Independent Study Backs Land Trust in Medlyn Farm Dispute

by marcia chambers | Jan 3, 2017 8:40 am | Comments (1)

The Branford Land Trust (BLT) today set the record straight when it comes to salt water flooding at the historic Medlyn Farm in Stony Creek.

Pete Raymond, president of the BLT, says it is time for members and friends of the Branford Land Trust to understand that the land trust’s removal of a cracked earthen berm near Jarvis Creek in 2012, did not prompt salt water flooding at the Medlyn farm. The land trust removed the berm after the state’s environmental agency and the federal Army Corps of Engineers approved the action.

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Holiday Recycling Bag Brigade Begins

by marcia chambers | Dec 19, 2016 8:13 am

Photo by Dori Hanlon The holiday season’s brown bag brigade went to work with speed and experience on Friday and in about two hours prepared 4,000 recycling paper bags, all with newly attached green stickers. Branford volunteers were joined by North Branford kids and parents who made their debut.

The bags will be distributed Wednesday to the town’s schools in time for students to take them home for Christmas this Sunday. The bags may be picked up by the public at town hall, and the town’s churches. After Christmas, all a family has to do is place the brown bag out to the curb on their designated trash pick-up day. Need a second bag, use another one and mark it “wrapping paper.”

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Special Meeting for IWC Regulation Amendments

by Diana Stricker | Dec 15, 2016 9:26 am

Diana Stricker Photo The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) will hold a special meeting and public hearing in January to discuss proposed amendments to the new regulations that were approved in May. These proposals are in response to legal appeals filed in Superior Court by four developers after the new regulations were approved. The public hearing will be held Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Canoe Brook Senior Center.

The newly released proposed amendments were filed in the town clerk’s office Wednesday and the same information was posted on the Inland Wetland Department’s web site.

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P&Z Oversees a Four Hour Marathon

by Diana Stricker | Nov 22, 2016 9:00 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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