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Atlantic Wharf’s Site Plans Make Their Debut

by Diana Stricker | Oct 2, 2015 12:26 pm | Comments (1)

With Permission Imagine living, working and playing in a new neighborhood in the heart of Branford where a dilapidated factory now stands.

That day could become a reality after site plans arrived this week that would transform the former Atlantic Wire factory site on Meadow Street into upscale apartments, retail and restaurants. During its meeting Thursday night, the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Canoe Brook Senior Center.

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Developer Withdraws Sterling Ridge Condo Project

by Diana Stricker | Sep 21, 2015 1:00 pm

File Photo Neighbor Ann Trapasso was shocked to hear that developers had withdrawn the proposed Sterling Ridge condo project just hours before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) was set to deny the project.

The project would have been built near Trapasso’s home and the historic Harrison House in the heart of Branford. Both Trapasso and the Branford Historical Society hired attorneys to oppose the project, and many residents voiced concern about the proposed development in the Canoe Brook Historic District during public hearings.

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P&Z To Deny Sterling Ridge and Approve New Mfg. Facility

by Diana Stricker | Sep 7, 2015 12:09 pm | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo Branford’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) said yes to a new industry Thursday, but expressed concerns about Sterling Ridge and another proposed residential development.

The commission unanimously approved site plans for Bausch & Stroebel Machine Co. to build a 59,150 square-foot manufacturing facility at the corner of Thompson Road and Route 139.

But it appears that the commission will deny a condo project at the Sterling Ridge site on Cherry Hill Road near the historic Harrison House.

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Army Reserve Training Center To Open in 2016

by Diana Stricker | Aug 12, 2015 1:05 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo Construction is progressing at the Army Reserve Training Center near Exit 56 on the former Bittersweet Farm property in Branford.

“They’re in full swing,” said Carol Labashosky, public affairs specialist with the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Labashosky told the Eagle that the project could be complete by February or March. The original completion estimate was November, but Labashosky said the New England winter took a toll. “The project is a little bit behind because of the weather in the winter,” she said.

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Sterling Ridge Condos Face Legal Issues

by Diana Stricker | Jul 14, 2015 10:04 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo The Branford Historical Society and neighbors say a new developer’s plan for the proposed Sterling Ridge condos is contrary to a previous court settlement and endangers the nearby historic Harrison House.

File Photo Anthony Solomine, vice-president of the Branford Historical Society, said the proposed blasting and drilling could be hazardous for the Harrison House, which was built in 1724. Click here to read a recent story about the Harrison House.

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P&Z Weighs Sterling Ridge, A New PDD & “The Stand”

by Diana Stricker | Jun 10, 2015 9:20 am

Diana Stricker Photo A new owner has revised the decade-old plans for the proposed Sterling Ridge project on Cherry Hill Road in the center of Branford. The newest revision to the Planned Development District (PDD) calls for half of the 12 condo units to be designed for people with disabilities.

The development team presented the plans at last week’s meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), and the public will be able to comment when the hearing reconvenes July 9.  Several members of the Branford Historical Society attended the meeting, and one told the Eagle there is concern that proposed blasting could affect the nearby historic Harrison House. The 1724 Harrison House is located at 124 Main St.

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How Much Will Your Property Taxes Go Up? Or Down?

by marcia chambers | Jun 8, 2015 10:19 am

The $103.6M town-school budget is now set and the tax assessor’s office plans to send out property tax bills today. Property taxes are due by August 3. So how much will your taxes go up? Or down? 

In large measure it depends upon what you own and where you live.

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Stony Creek Village District Honored

by Diana Stricker | Apr 29, 2015 7:00 am

The Stony Creek Village District, and the people who helped create it, have been honored with a Connecticut Preservation Award.

Stony Creek was one of 10 entities recognized for “outstanding preservation” efforts of the state’s historic buildings and places. The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation presented the award to Stony Creek and Branford on April 8 at the Polish National Home in Hartford.

Betsy Wieland, who chaired the Village District Exploratory Committee, said the award was a great honor for everyone involved. The committee, which included Ted Ells, Greg Ames, Linda Reed and Josh Brooks, worked for five years on the project.

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Branford’s Top 10 Taxpayers

by marcia chambers | Apr 22, 2015 12:44 pm

Branford’s top 10 taxpayers for 2014 include developers, a power company and a major Thimble Islands owner. And, as it turns out, they are the same top three taxpayers who led the list the year before.

Alex Vigliotti, a well-known Branford developer, the Connecticut Light & Power Company (Eversource), and Christine Svenningsen, who owns a number of the Thimble Islands, are the three top Branford taxpayers in 2014. Vigliotti was number 1 in 2013 as well. He holds multiple real estate and personal properties whose combined tax value came to $41.6 million.

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Everyone Wants A Piece of Branford

by Diana Stricker | Mar 25, 2015 8:49 am

Diana Stricker Photo Businesses are transforming in Branford with a new location for the KIA dealership (pictured), a proposed BBQ restaurant at the Indian Neck Garage, and plans for the historic building that features a new antique shop in Stony Creek.

The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) gave unanimous approval for two projects last week—- the KIA relocation; and a zoning change needed for the BBQ proposal. The public hearing on the Stony Creek building at 116 Thimble Islands Road will be continued until April.

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