Rock Formation an Issue at North Main Commercial Site

by Diana Stricker | Apr 17, 2018 7:58 am | Comments (2)

A public hearing will continue Thursday regarding a proposal to build two retail stores on a vacant 14-acre lot next to Clancy’s Funeral Home on North Main Street. Town Planner Harry Smith (pictured) said one issue concerns cutting into steep rock formations. 

The hearing before the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission began April 5, and was continued so additional information can be provided, including reports about the proposed rock slopes.

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P&Z Raises Questions about Proposed Housing Development

by Diana Stricker | Mar 23, 2018 8:51 am | Comments (3)

Diana Stricker PhotoThe Giordano family, who own Branford Building Supplies Inc., is considering the possibility of creating a residential Planned Development District (PDD) off Ark Road near the town-owned Tabor property.

The tentative proposal calls for 14 single-family homes on the site, which is off Ark Road at the end of Buckley Road, which is a private road.
The proposed PDD would include 9.46 acres, but only about 5.8 acres would be used for development because of tidal wetlands and other issues.

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P&Z Approves New Deadlines for PDD’s

by Diana Stricker | Mar 19, 2018 7:49 am

File Photo“It effectively resets the clock,” said Town Planner Harry Smith after the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to approve zoning regulation changes for Planned Development Districts (PDDs).

The time limit change was requested by developers Charles E. Weber Jr. and Al Secondino, whose property is part of the 44-acre PDD at Exit 56. The proposed commercial complex includes seven retail buildings and it also included Costco before the retailer withdrew in 2017.

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Residents Ask P&Z to Take Control of Deadlines for Exit 56 Development

by Diana Stricker | Mar 5, 2018 5:47 pm

With PermissionResidents are frustrated by developers’ last-minute revisions for proposals to extend deadlines for Planned Development Districts (PDDs). Property owners at Exit 56 submitted their third revision for zoning regulations for PDDs like the 44-acre plan at Exit 56, which once included Costco.

Resident Lauren Brown said last-minute changes to the proposal make it difficult for residents to respond. “We as the public spend time researching and preparing our remarks and every time we come in, something new is here,” Brown said at Thursday’s public hearing.

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Will the Community House/Senior Center Be Delayed?

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 2, 2018 9:00 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe Public Building Commission this week grappled with the possibility of a later completion of the Community House/Senior Center due to a delay in the fabrication and delivery of structural steel. It’s a delay that shines a light on the logistics of the town handling two major construction projects at one time.

Sally E. Bahner PhotoOne project centers on the $12.1 million Community Center and the other on the $88.2 million renovation of the Walsh Intermediate School.  The topic was raised at the most recent Building Commission meeting held at Fire Headquarters.

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Exit 56 Developers Want More Time to Submit Plans

by Diana Stricker | Feb 19, 2018 9:16 am

Diana Stricker PhotoThe owners of property at Exit 56 are trying to change zoning regulations that would affect the proposed 44-acre retail complex at Exit 56, which once included Costco and may again center on a big box store. The changes would allow developers more time to gain site-plan approval for any Planned Development District (PDD).

Chuck Andres (see top photo), who chairs the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission, said regulations were amended in 2011 to provide a deadline because previous PDDs were not being developed. “So we wanted some timeframe to get it done so it’s not left lingering,” Andres said at Thursday’s meeting.  “If you get the benefit of a PDD, which is not your standard zoning, which is something special …. we want you to move forward.”

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Stony Creek Brewery to Build Brewpub Oasis at Foxwoods

by Staff | Jan 31, 2018 9:07 pm

With PermissionBranford’s Stony Creek Brewery will build a fully operational brewpub inside Foxwoods Resort Casino, the company’s second brewing operation in Connecticut. Construction is set to begin this winter with an expected opening of summer 2018.

As the craft beer category looks to find new audiences and new occasions, Stony Creek Brewery believes it is uniquely positioned to help grow the size of the pie in Connecticut.

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Shuttle, Sidewalks & Sewers Raised at POCD Meeting

by Diana Stricker | Jan 29, 2018 8:10 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionBranford needs to promote business and increase tourism, according to discussions about the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). However, one of the main necessities is a transit shuttle to link popular venues and neighborhoods.

Wednesday’s meeting of the POCD Steering Committee centered around economic development strategies related to business and the economy.  About 25 people attended the session, which was held at 4:30 p.m. at Canoe Brook Senior Center. The next meeting will be at the same time and location on Feb. 7 when infrastructure will be discussed.  In addition, the Steering Committee is asking residents to participate in the Online POCD Survey, which can be found on the town’s website.

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Selectmen Approve Walsh Labor Contract

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 23, 2018 10:33 am

Sally E.Bahner PhotoThe Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a “Project Labor Agreement” (PLA) for the Walsh Intermediate School project at a recent meeting, despite opposition from the Associated Builders and Contractors of CT Inc. (ABC), a trade association made up of 200 companies that are supportive of the Merit Shop philosophy.

A PLA is a pre-hire agreement that covers terms and conditions for people performing work on a specific public works projects. According to Chris Fryxell, president of ABC, it stipulates specific requirements not found in most construction contracts, including adherence to union agreements.

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IWC Approves Two Retail Stores

by Diana Stricker | Jan 19, 2018 10:08 am

A retail project on a vacant 14-acre site along Route 1 was unanimously approved by the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) last week. Plans call for two retail buildings, but the names have not been made public. Apparently there is no town requirement to do so.

The property is located at 250 N. Main St., 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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