Legacy Theatre A Go!

by marcia chambers | Aug 11, 2017 7:12 am

Marcia Chambers Photo With the lawsuits settled, Keely Baisden Knudsen, the artistic director of the Legacy Theatre, says exterior renovations to the historic Puppet House will get underway this month. She said she is delighted.

In a letter to the theater’s supporters, Knudsen says the Legacy has been given a $350,000 gift that will be used for exterior renovations once plans have been reviewed and accepted. “It will be wonderful to see visible progress”on the building, which she expects by year’s end, she said.

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Branford Residents Asked to Weigh In On TOD

by Staff | Aug 4, 2017 7:46 am

With Permission Town Planner Harry A. Smith announced this week that the town is studying opportunities for transit-oriented development (TOD) in the area around the Branford Shoreline East Train Station. This study is an integral part of a town and regional initiative to promote neighborhood scale growth and redevelopment that recognizes the potential benefits of a transit asset.

A public survey has been developed to gather opinions from the diverse range of people who live, work or own property in Branford, on the key issues facing the train station and waterfront area and how they envision its future. The survey can be accessed at: survey


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Former Costco Site Gets Controversial Time Extension

by Diana Stricker | Jul 31, 2017 7:29 am

Diana Stricker Photo The developers of the 44-acre Planned Development District (PDD) and Master Plan at Exit 56, where Costco once planned to build a warehouse, have one more year to submit site plans — maybe.

Diana Stricker Photo The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission (pictured) voted 3-2 to grant a one-year extension, but Town Attorney Bill Aniskovich warned that the decision could be appealed.  Zoning regulations say a site plan must be submitted within 24 months of Master Plan approval, or the plans are null and void. However, the regulations do not address the possibility of extensions. The deadline was July 30.

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P&Z On Walsh Traffic, New Zoning Regs and a Vineyard for Branford

by Diana Stricker | Jul 25, 2017 12:01 pm

File Photo More details about the Walsh Intermediate School project were ironed out last week with the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission, and the public hearing will continue at a special meeting Thursday at Fire Headquarters. 

In other actions, the commission unanimously approved new zoning regulations for R-1 and R-2 residential zones last Thursday.

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General Assembly Overrides Malloy’s Affordable Housing Veto

by Diana Stricker | Jul 25, 2017 7:44 am | Comments (2)

Rep. Larry Butler, chair of the Housing Committee. UPDATE—Without a vote to spare, the state legislature voted in special session Monday to override the governor’s veto of a bill to upgrade the state’s Affordable Housing statute. The House of Representatives needed 101 votes — and that’s what they got yesterday afternoon. The Senate needed 24 votes, and that was the outcome last night.

Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford),  has worked for many years to upgrade the state’s Affordable Housing statute 8-30g. She was one of the co-sponsors of the bill that will now become law.

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P&Z Approves Sterling Ridge, SolarCity Project

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 20, 2017 9:10 am

With Permission A condominium project with a long and contentious history has received approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), along with a 9-acre solar panel project by Solar City on Tabor Drive that will supply power to town facilities.

Sterling Ridge, which has been on the Planning and Zoning (PZC) agenda in some form or another since 2003, was submitted as a Planned Development District (PDD) modification at 26 Cherry Hill Road. As a condition of the approval, the project will be subject to various conditions and specific site plans will have to be submitted.


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Atlantic Wire Coming Down

by Diana Stricker & Bill O'Brien | Jul 14, 2017 10:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Brick by brick, the dilapidated Atlantic Wire factory buildings are coming down. Their demolition will make way for the upscale Atlantic Wharf residential and retail complex along the Branford river in the heart of town.

Bill O'Brien Photo The smaller structures are being demolished first, and the larger buildings along Meadow Street will be the final ones, according to a demolition schedule filed at Branford’s building department. Some of the initial work was done by hand, but the remainder will be done mechanically.

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Legislators Plan Override of Malloy’s Veto of Affordable Housing Revisions

by Diana Stricker | Jul 11, 2017 7:47 am

The CT. Mirror State legislators who overwhelmingly voted to update the state’s Affordable Housing Statute are hoping to override the recent veto by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The bill, which would have prevented exploitation of the statute, received bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives, which voted 116 - 33 in late May; and the Senate, which voted 30-6 in early June.

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BOS Approves Legacy Theatre Agreement

by marcia chambers | Jul 6, 2017 7:21 am

Marcia Chambers Photo In a unanimous vote, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) last night approved a four-way legal settlement, which, with a judge’s approval, will enable the Legacy Theatre to open for business in Stony Creek.

The agreement includes a stipulation that gives the theater and certain residents exclusive use of seven parking spaces on Thimble Island Road when the theater is in operation about 150 days a year.

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Four-Track RR Expansion on Shoreline Meets Resistance

by marcia chambers | Jun 28, 2017 7:41 am | Comments (3)

Sally E. Bahner Photo State Rep. Sean Scanlon (D-Guilford and Branford) says a projected federal plan to build four railroad tracks in a dense historical district connecting Branford and Guilford is decades away, if at all. That’s the good news,  he says.

The bad news is the attitude taken by top officials at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in refusing to hear the concerns of the area’s elected officials as well as its residents. They have gathered at meetings in the last month to learn from others about the project.

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