Two Locations Proposed for Parkside Village

by Diana Stricker | Apr 10, 2017 9:40 am

Diana Stricker Photo The question is — will the Parkside Village 1 affordable housing complex be rebuilt on South Montowese Street, or does the town want to swap the site of the former Branford Hills Elementary School. 

The question was posed Thursday night when the Branford Housing Authority invited the first selectman, members of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), and Parkside tenants to a special meeting. The session was held in the community room of the Parkside Village complex, a public housing project for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

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Demolition Permit Sought for Atlantic Wire Factory

by Diana Stricker | Mar 29, 2017 8:17 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo The possibility of demolishing the former Atlantic Wire factory on Church Street could become a reality if a demolition permit is approved.

That could spur development of the property as an upscale apartment and commercial complex, if another legal appeal regarding the housing complex does not materialize. The developer has renamed the property Atlantic Wharf.

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New Plans Unveiled for Sterling Ridge Housing Project

by Diana Stricker | Mar 27, 2017 8:00 am

With Permission New plans are being proposed for the Sterling Ridge residential project located in the Canoe Brook Historic District in the heart of Branford. Various owners have attempted to develop the site since 2003, but were stalled by opponents objecting to the project.

The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission set a public hearing April 20 to discuss modifications to the previously-approved Planned Development District (PDD) and Master Plan. A preliminary sketch shown above depicts one of four proposed duplex buildings. 

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Reed Seeks Changes in Affordable Housing Laws

by Diana Stricker | Feb 23, 2017 8:50 am

File Photo State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) has introduced four bills to update the state’s Affordable Housing statute. The bills would prevent the statute from being exploited; and would also give Branford and similar communities credit for housing that is affordable even if it’s not on the state list.

“The support for these bills is bipartisan and building in strength,” Reed told the Eagle this week. A similar bill passed the House last year, but the legislative session ended before it could be taken up by the Senate.

However, she said there is some opposition to amending the state stature.

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Judge Dismisses Neighbor’s Appeal Against Atlantic Wharf

by marcia chambers | Jan 30, 2017 8:58 am

File Photo A Superior Court judge has dismissed an appeal challenging the Planning & Zoning Commission’s (P & Z) approval of the Atlantic Wharf project, a large mixed-use commercial and residential development to be built on Meadow Street.

In a 13-page decision, Superior Court Judge Angela Robinson last week found that “the substantial evidence” in the record “does not support any of the plaintiff’s three claims raised on appeal.” When a party takes an appeal in a zoning or land use matter the court is always limited to the actual record of the proceedings.

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P&Z Again Weighs Building on the Unbuildable

by Diana Stricker | Jan 24, 2017 8:56 am

Diana Stricker Photo Branford residents and environmentalists say a proposed affordable housing project on a half-acre site that is prone to coastal flooding would be harmful to the environment and to low-income people who might live there.

“Affordable housing at this site is an environmental injustice. Is it fair to put people who are struggling financially in a flood plain?” asked Branford environmentalist Bill Horne.

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P & Z Approves Building and Expansion Projects

by Diana Stricker | Jan 11, 2017 8:20 am

With Permission Connecticut Orthopedic Specialists’ expansion plans that were approved in July have expanded even before construction began. The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission approved revised plans last week for the North Main Street facility that will provide more outpatient surgical space; and also more overnight recovery rooms, which is a new concept for the Branford site.

The commission also approved plans for a kick-boxing fitness facility on West Main Street; and previously approved plans for an office building on Cedar Street; and a new storage facility on Harbor Street for Cherry Hill Glass Co.

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P&Z Oversees a Four Hour Marathon

by Diana Stricker | Nov 22, 2016 9:00 am

Diana Stricker Photo The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission held a marathon four-hour session Thursday with seven public hearings ranging from dog kennels to solar panels to condo projects. Even an old project, Sterling Ridge, found its way back to the commission. And when the hearings were over, The P&Z approved a special exception that will enable Hallock’s popular warehouse and outlet store to move to Branford. The outlet is currently located in West Haven.

Two hearings were continued, four projects were approved and one was discussed but no vote was taken. The commission scheduled five new hearings for Dec. 15 for new applications, and they discussed other projects that didn’t require hearings.

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Town Explores New Sites for Parkside Village

by Diana Stricker | Nov 21, 2016 9:10 am

GIS Photo Plans to replace the aging Parkside Village I are still in flux, and the developers are looking at alternate sites for the public low-income housing project. If none are found, the project would most likely be built at the current site at 115 S. Montowese St., which houses 50 low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

“Our intention right now is to see if there are alternative sites and we’re open to any and all offers of interest,” said Dara Kovel,  president of Beacon Communities LLC of Boston, the development team hired by Branford’s Housing Authority.  “I’m definitely dedicating my time to see if there is something out there.  On the timeline question, our target is to apply (for funding) next November.”

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