Public Hearing Scheduled for TOD

by Staff | Oct 16, 2017 10:30 am

Now that the town has looked at various options for redevelopment in the area around Branford Shoreline East Train Station, a public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Fire Headquarters, 45 N. Main St. Residents, property owners, and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend the meeting and provide feedback.

Called Transit Oriented Development (TOD), the project is designed to take advantage of sites – existing and proposed – close to transit services. It includes, and would build upon projects such as Atlantic Wharf, Anchor Reef, and the Stony Creek Brewery.

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Train Station Area Development Examined

by Diana Stricker | Oct 2, 2017 8:19 am | Comments (1)

With Permission A study of the half-mile radius around Branford’s train station shows areas that may be prime for development in the next decade— including Meadow Street, the electric substation site, Branford Landing, and the Anchor Reef complex.

“All of these things, in one way or another, may be in play in the next 10 years. We’re looking at those different development possibilities,” said Frank Fish, a founding principal of BFJ Planning of Stamford. 

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Two Retail Stores Proposed for North Main St. Site

by Diana Stricker | Sep 20, 2017 7:52 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo Two retail buildings are being proposed for a vacant 14-acre lot at 250 N. Main St.  Since the project would impact wetlands, a two-hour public hearing was held Thursday before the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC), and will continue Oct. 12.

The site is located between Route 1 and I-95, and is adjacent to the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home on one side; and United Tire Inc. and Greystone Manor condominiums on the other side.

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Walsh School & Community House/Senior Center Updates

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 14, 2017 7:35 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo The Public Building Commission (pictured) heard a Walsh update and discussed a list of value engineering (cost cutting) items for the $12.1 million Community House/Senior Center project at its meeting Monday at Fire Headquarters.

Scott Pellman of Colliers International, owner’s representative, said they were working toward the abatement of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenals) at Walsh, which were found to be slightly elevated in the pool and gym areas and a possible hazard to children 12 and under. Langan Engineering is handling the abatement and retesting will be done afterwards, conforming to state and federal regulations. The cost is expected to be $18,300, which is already in the budget.

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Parkside Village Plans Moving Forward

by Diana Stricker | Sep 11, 2017 7:27 am

With Permission The Housing Authority and the developer of the proposed Parkside Village affordable housing complex are hopeful this year’s revised plans will succeed.  The project would replace the dilapidated buildings that house low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

“We’re very optimistic,” said Housing Authority chair Doug Denes at Wednesday night’s meeting, which was held at the Parkside 1 complex at 115 S. Montowese St.

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An Overlay Zone Studied for RR Station Area

by Diana Stricker | Sep 5, 2017 7:59 am

Diana Stricker Photo The area around the newly expanded Shoreline East Train Station could see the addition of an optional Overlay Zone for areas that are currently zoned industrial. The new designation could include residential or retail if the developer constructs flood-resilient buildings, sidewalks, and public access to the riverfront where possible.

“We see the Overlay as wise from the Branford viewpoint. We’re not for forcing anyone to use it —we’re giving them another option,” said Frank Fish, a founding principal of BFJ Planning of Stamford.  The consulting firm is conducting a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) study of approximately a half-mile radius around the train station.

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Construction Manager Proposed for Community House/Senior Center

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 2, 2017 8:51 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo A. Secondino & Son Inc., a well-known Branford-based construction company, was the low bidder for the $12.1 million renovation of the Community House/Senior Center.

Tom Arcari, principal of Quisenberry Arcari Architects LLC, explained the details to the Public Building Commission at its meeting Wednesday night at Fire Headquarters. 

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Home Stretch for Atlantic Wire Demo

by Sally E. Bahner & Bill O'Brien | Aug 31, 2017 8:38 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The demolition of Atlantic Wire has been underway since July, making way for a 7.5-acre residential and commercial project, Atlantic Wharf, which was approved in January 2016.

Bill O'Brien Photo The Atlantic Wire factory, which began operations in 1906, declared bankruptcy and closed in 2008 after being charged with federal crimes and state violations for polluting the Branford River. At that time, former Attorney General Richard Blumenthal called Atlantic Wire one of the worst polluters in the state. Here is the building prior to demolition.

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