by Staff | Oct 16, 2017 10:30 am
Now that the town has looked at various options for redevelopment in the area around Branford Shoreline East Train Station, a public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Fire Headquarters, 45 N. Main St. Residents, property owners, and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend the meeting and provide feedback.
Called Transit Oriented Development (TOD), the project is designed to take advantage of sites – existing and proposed – close to transit services. It includes, and would build upon projects such as Atlantic Wharf, Anchor Reef, and the Stony Creek Brewery.
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by Diana Stricker | Oct 6, 2017 9:30 am
The Housing Authority is hoping to “seize the moment” and have a public hearing for the new Parkside Village 1 affordable housing project before the November 1 deadline to apply for federal funding.
The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission agreed last night to set the hearing Oct. 19 — but the issue is whether the the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will have time to comment before then. Since the 5.7 acre housing site is in the coastal boundary area, the DEEP has to be notified 35 days ahead in case they want to comment. The applications were referred to DEEP Sept 27.
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by Diana Stricker | Oct 2, 2017 8:19 am | Comments (1)
A study of the half-mile radius around Branford’s train station shows areas that may be prime for development in the next decade— including Meadow Street, the electric substation site, Branford Landing, and the Anchor Reef complex.
“All of these things, in one way or another, may be in play in the next 10 years. We’re looking at those different development possibilities,” said Frank Fish, a founding principal of BFJ Planning of Stamford.
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by Diana Stricker & Bill O'Brien | Sep 19, 2017 7:00 am
The sprawling and dilapidated Atlantic Wire buildings have been leveled in a demolition project that began in July.
“The buildings are down, and we’re happy about that,” said Anthony Cinicola, who heads the town’s Building Department.
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by Sally E. Bahner & Bill O'Brien | Sep 12, 2017 9:00 am
Like prehistoric monsters, excavators have been eating away at the old Atlantic Wire plant. Bill O’Brien has been documenting the process, which should be completed soon.
The factory once dominated Meadow Street. Now, only a small section remains.
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by Diana Stricker | Sep 12, 2017 8:05 am
The Town of Branford has come up with a plan to provide safer access and more parking at the Sliney ballfields by extending Melrose Avenue. This could incidentally create an opportunity for emergency access to the rear of the proposed Parkside 1 housing complex.
Alex Palluzzi Jr., director of Parks and Recreation, outlined plans at Thursday’s meeting of the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission.
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by Diana Stricker | Sep 11, 2017 7:27 am
The Housing Authority and the developer of the proposed Parkside Village affordable housing complex are hopeful this year’s revised plans will succeed. The project would replace the dilapidated buildings that house low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
“We’re very optimistic,” said Housing Authority chair Doug Denes at Wednesday night’s meeting, which was held at the Parkside 1 complex at 115 S. Montowese St.
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by Diana Stricker | Sep 5, 2017 7:59 am
The area around the newly expanded Shoreline East Train Station could see the addition of an optional Overlay Zone for areas that are currently zoned industrial. The new designation could include residential or retail if the developer constructs flood-resilient buildings, sidewalks, and public access to the riverfront where possible.
“We see the Overlay as wise from the Branford viewpoint. We’re not for forcing anyone to use it —we’re giving them another option,” said Frank Fish, a founding principal of BFJ Planning of Stamford. The consulting firm is conducting a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) study of approximately a half-mile radius around the train station.
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by Sally E. Bahner & Bill O'Brien | Aug 31, 2017 8:38 am
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.
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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by marcia chambers | Aug 8, 2017 9:54 am | Comments (1)
Christine Svenningsen and her husband Edmund H. Stoecklein, whom she married in 2015, are seeking to sell an extraordinary collection of Thimble Islands, eight in all, plus a Victorian mansion on Prospect Hill road with a private dock providing easy access to the islands. The islands are part of an archipelago in Long Island Sound, located not far from the Stony Creek harbor.
The eight islands are now priced at $50 million, $28 million less than when they first went on the market a year ago. The islands may also be purchased separately, their realtor says, an indication the Island Lady is serious about selling.
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