Thimbles Lady Looks To Dump 8 Islands

by marcia chambers | Aug 8, 2017 9:54 am | Comments (1)

Christine Svenningsen and her husband Edmund H. Stoecklein, whom she married in 2015, are seeking to sell an extraordinary collection of Thimble Islands, eight in all, plus a Victorian mansion on Prospect Hill road with a private dock providing easy access to the islands. The islands are part of an archipelago in Long Island Sound, located not far from the Stony Creek harbor.

The eight islands are now priced at $50 million, $28 million less than when they first went on the market a year ago. The islands may also be purchased separately, their realtor says, an indication the Island Lady is serious about selling.

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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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Sterling Ridge Housing Project Gains Favor

by Diana Stricker | Jun 21, 2017 8:00 am

With Permission The long-proposed Sterling Ridge residential project, in the heart of one of Branford’s historic districts, may be nearer to reality.

The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission discussed the most recent plans Thursday and asked the town planner to draft a resolution in favor of the project. The commission may vote on the resolution at the July 6 meeting. The property owner is seeking a modification of a previous Planned Development District (PDD) and Master Plans. If approved, the next step would be filing specific site plans.

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A Boutique Hotel for the Branford River

by Diana Stricker | Jun 15, 2017 8:00 am | Comments (2)

Diana Stricker Photo Ed Crowley, owner of the popular Stony Creek Brewery, unveiled plans Wednesday to build a 34-room boutique hotel along the Branford River.

Diana Stricker Photo The waterfront hotel would be built on the site of the former Paul’s Wire Rope & Sling company at 4-6 Indian Neck Avenue, which is across from the brewery. The Crowley family, who live in Branford, purchased the property for $600,000 in September 2016.

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