P&Z Votes on Parkside Village Thursday

by Diana Stricker | Jan 22, 2018 9:07 am

Diana Stricker PhotoThe Parkside Village I affordable housing proposal is headed for a vote Thursday, but whatever the outcome, it may end up in court. One member of the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission said he wants to deny the project and challenge it in court because in his view the law is too restrictive. 

The 5-member commission will vote on the Parkside proposal at a special meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Fire Headquarters. A resolution to approve the project, with multiple conditions, is expected to be complete by that time.

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Scanlon Quickly Qualifies for Campaign Public Financing

by marcia chambers | Jan 20, 2018 8:19 am

Democratic State Rep. Sean Scanlon, who represents Guilford and Stony Creek and Pine Orchard in Branford, announced yesterday that within nine days of announcing his re-election campaign he had raised the necessary funds to qualify for Connecticut’s Citizens Election Program.

He didn’t quite beat his previous records (in 2016 he reached his goal within one week and in 2014 in just four days) but nine days is nothing to sneeze at.

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Parkside Village Approval Could Be Complicated

by Diana Stricker | Jan 11, 2018 2:31 pm

Beacon CommunitiesThe Parkside Village I proposal could be approved by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission next week or in early February. However, a simple majority vote may not be enough to approve one of the three applications involved in the project.

At a special meeting Monday night, a majority of the commissioners directed the town planner to draw up resolutions in favor of the Parkside affordable housing project.

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RTM Approves Blackstone Library Project

by marcia chambers | Jan 11, 2018 12:45 pm | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers PhotoIn a bi-partisan vote, the Blackstone Library project was adopted last night by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) after strong views were voiced by residents, virtually all of whom came to support the $5.2 million renovation. The vote was 15-11.

All the Democrats present for the two-hour meeting voted for the renovation, and so did a number of Republicans. Republican RTM member Robin Sandler, vice-president of the Blackstone Library Trustees, recused himself. Two RTM members were absent. The moderator only votes to break a tie.

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Walsh Renovation Budget Heads for Final State Review

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 21, 2017 9:45 am

Sally E. Bahner PHotoThe Public Building Commission and the Board of Education met jointly recently to review the initial construction document budget for the $88.2 million renovation of the Walsh Intermediate School prior to submittal to the state.

Before the meeting, the Building Commission met in executive session to discuss the hiring of a “clerk of the works” for the Community House-Senior Center project and subsequently voted to recommend that the town enter into a contract with Arcadis, out of Middletown.

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“Public Acceptance is Not a Zoning Criteria”

by Diana Stricker | Nov 20, 2017 8:41 am

Diana Stricker PhotoPublic hearings for the Parkside Village 1 affordable housing proposal are nearing completion, and the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission could reach a decision in December or early January.

About 120 people attended the third session of hearings Thursday at the community room at Branford Fire Headquarters. The next session will be Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the same location.

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State Budget Passed – Walsh School Funds Secured

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 27, 2017 1:43 pm

With PermissionUPDATE—After months of crossing its collective fingers and moving forward step by step with its plan for the Walsh Intermediate School renovation amid the state budget deficit and stalled budget, word was received yesterday that the anticipated $30 million via a state grant is a go.

State Rep Sean Scanlon (D-98), made the announcement, praising the budget as bipartisan. The bond is separate from the budget, but could not be awarded until the budget was determined.

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Parkside to Miss Funding Deadline but Won’t Give Up

by Diana Stricker | Oct 23, 2017 7:08 am

Diana Stricker PhotoThe 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 PhotoAttorney 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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Housing Authority Attorney Seeks to “Seize the Moment”

by Diana Stricker | Oct 6, 2017 8:30 am

With PermissionThe 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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