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Cosgrove and Sliney Families Seeking to Sell Land

by Diana Stricker | Feb 5, 2016 12:51 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 8:45 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 10:19 am

Diana Stricker PhotoThe transformation from Atlantic Wire to Atlantic Wharf will begin this summer as the outdated factory is torn down and an upscale residential and retail complex takes its place.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 8:00 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 8:55 am

File PhotoDevelopment 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 9:14 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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Sterling Ridge Development in Settlement Talks

by Diana Stricker | Nov 17, 2015 9:33 pm

Town Hall WebsiteThe Sterling Ridge public hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) has been re-scheduled for Dec. 15.  The ZBA opened the public hearing Tuesday night but agreed to the delay at the request of the attorney representing Ann Trapasso, whose property abuts the proposed condo project.

A letter from attorney Christopher Smith said the two sides are “engaged in discussions to resolve the appeal.” The property is a 3.45 acre lot at 26 Cherry Hill Road located between Route 1 and Main Street, which is part of the Canoe Brook Historic District. Click here to read a prior story.

Major Condo Plan Arrives at P & Z

by Diana Stricker | Nov 5, 2015 7:33 am

Diana Stricker PhotoDeveloper Alex Vigliotti is requesting a zoning map amendment to create a 115-unit condominium complex under the new Incentive Housing Overlay District (IHOD) affordable housing regulations.

“It would be the first one in town,” said Town Planner Harry Smith. “We’re really looking for input from the public.”

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Sterling Ridge Developer Tries Again

by Diana Stricker | Oct 30, 2015 6:07 am

Town of Branford GIS Map.The developer for the proposed Sterling Ridge condo project in the heart of town has requested and received a town permit to begin building the 2007 project after it became apparent that revised plans would not be approved. Although a permit was issued, an appeal has been filed claiming that the 2007 plan expired. The appeal stops the developer—-for the time being.

The property in question is a 3.45 acre lot at 26 Cherry Hill Road located between Route 1 and Main Street. (see wooded area in photo above) It is part of the Canoe Brook Historic District which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Developer Alan Genn of Greenwich purchased the property in 2014 through his 26 Cherry Hill LLC corporation for $500,000.

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Atlantic Wharf’s Site Plans Make Their Debut

by Diana Stricker | Oct 2, 2015 11:26 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionImagine 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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