Parkside to Miss Funding Deadline but Won’t Give Up

by Diana Stricker | Oct 23, 2017 8:08 am

Diana Stricker Photo The developers of the proposed Parkside Village affordable housing project learned Thursday that public hearings won’t conclude until after the Nov. 1 funding deadline, but they don’t plan to give up.

Diana Stricker Photo Attorney Timothy Hollister (pictured), a partner at the Shipman & Goodwin law firm in Hartford, who represents the developers, asked that a special session be scheduled to continue the hearings this month, in hopes of making the $17 million in private funding deadline.

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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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Housing Authority Attorney Seeks to “Seize the Moment”

by Diana Stricker | Oct 6, 2017 9:30 am

With Permission The Housing Authority is hoping to “seize the moment” and have a public hearing for the new Parkside Village 1 affordable housing project before the November 1 deadline to apply for federal funding.

The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission agreed last night to set the hearing Oct. 19 — but the issue is whether the the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will have time to comment before then. Since the 5.7 acre housing site is in the coastal boundary area,  the DEEP has to be notified 35 days ahead in case they want to comment. The applications were referred to DEEP Sept 27.

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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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P&Z Takes Up Ballfields Parking & Rescinding Exit 56 Dev’t Extension

by Diana Stricker | Sep 12, 2017 8:05 am

Diana Stricker Photo The Town of Branford has come up with a plan to provide safer access and more parking at the Sliney ballfields by extending Melrose Avenue.  This could incidentally create an opportunity for emergency access to the rear of the proposed Parkside 1 housing complex.

Alex Palluzzi Jr., director of Parks and Recreation, outlined plans at Thursday’s meeting of the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission.

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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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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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