by Diana Stricker | Aug 20, 2018 7:50 am | Comments (1)
Now that the primary is over and the general election looms in about two months, the question in Branford is: who will be the next Lonnie and the next Ted?
It’s not just a question of who will succeed Democrat Lonnie Reed as state rep in the 102nd District; or who will succeed Democrat Ted Kennedy Jr. as state senator in the 12th District.
Continue reading ‘Change is Coming to Branford’
by Diana Stricker | Aug 10, 2018 7:58 am
“We need to turn around the state. Everybody is hurting,” said Haresh Nariyani, owner of Darbar India restaurant on Branford’s Main Street.
Nariyani talked about the difficulties of running a small business in Connecticut when Susan Bysiewicz stopped at his restaurant during a campaign tour of Main Street Thursday afternoon.
Continue reading ‘Susan Schmoozes Branford’s Main Street’
by Diana Stricker | Aug 2, 2018 7:42 am
The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission unanimously approved changes to the proposed Sterling Ridge housing plan Thursday, but only after the developers reached agreements with neighbors including the Branford Historical Society.
“They’ve done well, working with the neighbors,” said P&Z chair Chuck Andres (center).
Continue reading ‘P&Z Approves Longtime Proposals’
by Diana Stricker | Jul 17, 2018 7:54 am | Comments (1)
A proposal to extend Melrose Avenue would solve longtime parking woes and safety access at Sliney Ballfields. The plan would also address emergency access at the proposed Parkside Village affordable housing complex.
Continue reading ‘Will RTM Approve Melrose Extension?’
by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 10, 2018 12:13 pm
Branford merchants, with the help of the Blackstone Library and Branford Art Center, are taking part in two activities this summer to engage residents and families, and draw them to Main Street and surrounds.
Continue reading ‘Main Street Activities Offer Dog Days Respite’
by Diana Stricker | Jun 25, 2018 8:12 am
A Branford doctor received unanimous approval Thursday to restore an 1850 vintage house in the Town Center and create new offices and a surgical suite.
In other business, the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission agreed to postpone a public hearing for the proposed Sterling Ridge housing to give the developer a chance to meet with neighbors who are not happy with potential changes.
Continue reading ‘Restoring History with a Twist’
by Diana Stricker | Jun 15, 2018 8:29 am
It appears a proposal to build two retail stores on North Main Street may be headed for approval, but a vote won’t be taken until July. In other news, there will be a public hearing June 21 for the proposed Sterling Ridge apartments in the historic district across from the Canoe Brook Senior Center.
The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission (pictured) closed the hearing on the North Main retail project and discussed the issues at last week’s meeting. It appears the commissioners may vote to approve the project even though some expressed concerns. One of those concerns centers on major excavations of a rock knoll.
Continue reading ‘Should the P&Z Regulate Rock Cuts?’
by marcia chambers | Jun 11, 2018 7:28 am
The town’s Housing Authority and a developer hired to redevelop Parkside Village have asked a Superior Court judge to reverse a Planning & Zoning denial of the project, declaring a protest petition by neighbors does not apply to the Affordable Housing Act. And, they added, the town’s attorneys knew that or should have known that when they advocated on their behalf.
In January, the Parkside Village 1 affordable housing project was defeated at a special Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission meeting when one aspect of the proposal failed to gain a “super majority” vote. Although the P&Z voted 3-2 in favor of the Parkside project, one of the three applications — a zoning map change —did not get a super majority vote of 4-1. They said that meant the entire project failed.
Continue reading ‘Court Asked to Reverse P&Z Denial of Parkside Redevelopment’
by Diana Stricker | Jun 5, 2018 8:17 am
Branford is looking at a new study with three alternate proposals to fix the incomplete interchange of I-95 at Exit 53. Efforts have been ongoing since at least 1992 to address safety concerns and spur development.
The South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCRCOG) and engineers from BL Companies in Meriden presented information at a public session last week. About 17 people attended the meeting at the community room of Branford’s Fire Headquarters.
Continue reading ‘New Effort Underway to Complete I-95’s Exit 53’
by Diana Stricker | May 21, 2018 2:11 pm
Prospective producers of medical marijuana are looking at Branford as a place to take root, and the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission says those facilities are covered under existing zoning regulations.
In other business Thursday, the commission continued a public hearing on two proposed retail stores on North Main Street, and asked the developer to reduce the amount of excavation.
Continue reading ‘Will Medicinal Pot Grow in Branford?’