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Harbour Village Home “Unlivable” After Fire

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 6, 2014 9:21 am | Comments (1)

Mary Johnson Photo A fire at the Harbour Village condominiums on Saturday afternoon was knocked down in about 20 minutes by Branford firefighters.

According to Fire Chief Jack Ahern, thawing pipes in a unit aggravated a smoldering fire condition within a wall. He said the unit is not livable because firefighters needed to tear into walls and cut into the floor to gain access into the crawl space.

Mary Johnson Photo “There’s lots of water and smoke damage,” he said, adding the other units in the section (four total) received smoke damage.

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Wilson Arms Plant Relocates To Branford

by Diana Stricker | Dec 6, 2013 1:30 pm

Diana Stricker Photo A local industry is expanding in Branford, and plans for a housing development on Gould Lane are progressing.

That is the upshot of two recent commission meetings in town.

Wilson Arms, which manufactures gun barrels, is expanding production and consolidating operations by relocating its Wisconsin plant to Branford.

Hugo Vivero, owner of the Wilson Arms facility at 97 Leetes Island Rd., received unanimous approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) for site plans at an existing building at 48 North Branford Rd. Vivero told the Eagle that he plans to purchase the property, renovate the building and move machinery from his plant in Bristol, Wisconsin.  He hopes the move will be complete by the end of January.

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Inland Wetlands Asks Tough Questions On Flooding, Failed Projects

by Diana Stricker | Aug 21, 2013 7:18 am

Diana Stricker Photo Members of Branford’s Inland Wetlands Commission are taking recent history into account as they deliberate a proposed housing project on Gould Lane.  They are asking the developer to consider the impact of super storms on drainage and flooding issues.

“We’re getting 50- and 100-year storms all the time,” said Commissioner Richard Orson. Current town standards require developers to design drainage structures to withstand 25-year storms; Orson said recent superstorms have resulted in widespread flooding in various sections of town. He said the frequency of storms in the past few years has caused the commission to become a “bit over-cautious.”

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30 New Upscale Homes For Gould Lane?

by Diana Stricker | Aug 2, 2013 9:14 am

With Permission Branford’s Inland Wetlands Commission will continue a public hearing Thursday, Aug. 8, for a proposal to build 30 upscale single-family homes on 25 acres of property at 47 Gould Lane.

The project would include 21 lots of single-family homes, and also a cluster of nine single-family homes that would be part of a condominium association. The developers are proposing an open space residential subdivision, and existing wetlands on the property would be preserved as open space.

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As Seas Rise, So Do Homes

by Diana Stricker | Apr 18, 2013 8:36 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo Things are looking up—literally—for the DeRosa family, whose waterfront home in Short Beach was damaged by both Tropical Storm Irene and Super Storm Sandy.

The 100-year-old home at 294 Shore Dr. has been elevated above flood levels, and work on the new foundation is nearing completion.

“Now it’s the best thing we ever did,” said Mary Ellen DeRosa. “We left the dishes in the cupboards, and nothing broke. That’s how perfect it was raised,” she said. “It was the easiest thing, once we made the decision.”

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Blizzard Condo Evacuees Still Waiting For Repairs

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 11, 2013 8:18 am | Comments (2)

Mary Johnson Photo If Krista Hanniford had curtains in her bedroom she might not have noticed the cracks above her windows and down the walls of her home at the Branford Hills condominiums.

Then a couple of other people in adjoining units noticed cracks in their walls.

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Second Upscale Condo Construction Starts Soon

by Diana Stricker | Dec 10, 2012 9:07 am

Diana Stricker Photo Construction is expected to begin by spring on a second upscale condo building along the Branford River at the Anchor Reef complex across from the train station.

The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) unanimously approved revisions to the original master plans Thursday night. The commission also held a public hearing on a proposal to build a bank and a fast food restaurant in the Stop & Shop parking lot, but no decision was made.

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“It Took Mother Nature Millions Of Years To Create Our Beach”

by Diana Stricker | Nov 21, 2012 12:00 pm | Comments (1)

Mary Johnson Photo Neighbors fear a proposal to build a new house and renovate a seawall (pictured) will adversely affect an adjacent portion of Sunset Beach, which is jointly owned by an association of 38 families in the Pawson Park area of Branford.

The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) held a two-hour public hearing last Thursday, during which time experts for both sides presented testimony.

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Founders Village Construction Begins

by Diana Stricker & Marcia Chambers | Oct 3, 2012 8:15 am

Diana Stricker Photo Bulldozers are at work at the Founders Village site in the heart of Branford where 117 senior apartments will be built.

Developer Alex Vigliotti was granted a building permit from Town Hall last week to begin work on the foundation of Building C, which is the uppermost of the three apartments that are slated to be built behind the Rose Hill Apartments, which he also owns.

In a related development, the state Department of Public Health confirmed there was no evidence of contamination on the 7-acre wooded hillside north of the proposed complex and that further environmental testing was not required. Vigliotti deeded the wooded parcel to the town as part of a court settlement regarding the properties.

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Jury Out On Fair Rent

by marcia chambers | Jul 29, 2012 5:00 pm | Comments (2)

Marcia Chambers Photo Several days after a recent Representative Town Meeting (RTM) public hearing on creating a fair rent commission,  RTM member Adam Hansen, who chaired the committee, says he is evaluating whether the idea “fits or does not fit for Branford.”

In an interview he told the Eagle he plans to gather additional facts, evaluate what the many speakers said during a recent three-hour hearing at Canoe Brook Senior Center and then explore with the RTM whether a fair rent commission is right for Branford. The Board of Selectmen had asked the RTM to look into the issue. There are 22 rent commissions throughout the state. 

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