P&Z’s Full Plate: Housing, Playground, Laundry & Maybe a Meat Store

by Diana Stricker | May 11, 2016 7:35 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo Branford’s first Incentive Housing moderate-income apartments are closer to reality as the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission reviews plans submitted by developer Alex Vigliotti.

The proposal would allow two existing office buildings on Summit Place to be converted into a total of 35 apartments, including seven that would be designated for moderate-income. Vigliotti’s request for an Incentive Housing Overlay District (IHOD) was approved by P&Z in January, becoming the first area of town to have the new zoning designation. Now the specific plans are being reviewed.

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Arriving in Branford: Chipotle, Bluegrass and Cosgrove Court

by Diana Stricker | Mar 5, 2016 10:31 am

Diana Stricker Photo The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission unanimously approved four proposals Thursday—- two Cosgrove family subdivisions; a Chipotle restaurant; and musical entertainment at The Stand restaurant in Indian Neck.

Re-Subdividing Cosgrove Property

“This is a very straightforward application,” said Engineer Bob Criscuolo, of Criscuolo Engineering in Branford, as he presented plans to re-subdivide a 1.5 acre site at 19 Parish Farm Road. The property is owned by the legendary Dan Cosgrove, a master builder and a political force in Branford and in the state for decades.

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New Cosgrove Housing Complex on the Way

by Diana Stricker | Feb 23, 2016 12:00 pm

With Permission The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission will make a decision next week regarding a proposal for a 16-lot residential subdivision,  tentatively named Cosgrove Court, on a 10-acre cornfield owned by Dan Cosgrove’s family.

In other business last week, the P&Z approved two projects—a new crepe bakery in the Town Center; and additional parking at the Stony Creek Brewery. The commission is also reviewing a proposal to build a Chipotle Restaurant near the Starbucks on Route 1.

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Reed Ready To Try Again On Solar

by marcia chambers | Feb 11, 2016 1:46 pm

With Permission Branford State Rep. Lonnie Reed is back in Hartford working on getting players to the table who might be able to resolve a sticky proposed pilot project: community based solar for renters of apartments and condos and those houses unable to install solar panels.

The holdup is the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) request for clarification from the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) on what the pilot project may do. According to a story in the CT. Mirror, DEEP will formulate a preliminary request for proposals only when it receives a ruling from PURA. 

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Cosgrove and Sliney Families Seeking to Sell Land

by Diana Stricker | Feb 5, 2016 1:51 pm

Developer Alex Vigliotti is proposing to build a 16-lot residential subdivision on a 10-acre farmland site owned by the Dan Cosgrove family and located near the family compound.

The property at 99 Cherry Hill Road—previously a cornfield—is owned by Cornfield LLC, a corporation created by Susan Cosgrove Barnes, Daniel T. Cosgrove and Mark Cosgrove in September. Their father is the legendary Danny Cosgrove—one of Branford’s most famous political figures. The elder Cosgrove, 98, who was known as the Boss of Branford was the head of the 12th District Democratic Central Committee for more than 20 years. First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove is the son of Daniel T. Cosgrove and the grandson of Danny Cosgrove.

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Vigliotti Scores Partial Win; O’Neill Seeks 2 Projects

by Diana Stricker | Jan 29, 2016 9:45 am

Developer Alex Vigliotti will be allowed to convert two existing office buildings on Summit Place into apartments, but a request to build two new apartment buildings was denied.

The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission reached a unanimous decision on Vigliotti’s request last week. The original plan would have included 115 apartment units, of which 20 percent would be for moderate income families, also known as “work force” housing.

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Factory Demolition This Summer Clears Way for Atlantic Wharf

by Diana Stricker | Jan 25, 2016 11:19 am

Diana Stricker Photo The transformation from Atlantic Wire to Atlantic Wharf will begin this summer as the outdated factory is torn down and an upscale residential and retail complex takes its place.

The project was unanimously approved by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission (pictured above)Thursday. 

“We hope to start the development process this summer beginning with demolition and environmental remediation,” Robert H. Smith Jr. told the Branford Eagle.

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Traffic Issue for New “Mini-City”

by Diana Stricker | Jan 12, 2016 9:00 am

A decision on the Atlantic Wharf residential and commercial project is due by Feb. 4, but Wilford Avenue residents are still concerned about the increase in traffic, especially when the town’s Community House-Senior Center expansion is added to the mix.

“It’s going to be like a mini-city,” said David Minicozzi, a Wilford Avenue resident. Minicozzi spoke during the second session of the public hearing Thursday night at the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission.

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As Year Ends Branford Tackles A Dozen Development Projects

by Diana Stricker | Dec 30, 2015 9:55 am

File Photo Development is booming in Branford. Over the past year, commissions and boards have been active with a dozen major commercial, residential and industrial projects evolving from one end of town to the other. Public reaction to the potentially transformative projects has varied—several proposals have elicited support while others have sparked controversy.

Some residents say development will stimulate the economy and bring new tax dollars; but others fear a possible impact on Branford’s infrastructure, traffic and the environment. Two town projects, one centered on an intermediate school and the other a combined senior center-Community House expansion, could potentially cost the taxpayers millions of dollars.

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Atlantic Wharf Neighbors Come Aboard

by Diana Stricker | Dec 6, 2015 10:14 am | Comments (1)

Neighbors’ concerns were eased Thursday as the development team for the proposed Atlantic Wharf apartment complex outlined changes to their plans in response to comments from town officials and neighbors.

“A great presentation. Kudos to your team,” Robert Costanzo told the developers at Thursday’s public hearing at the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission. Costanzo’s Wilford Avenue home abuts the 256 Meadow St. site where one of the apartment buildings is proposed.

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