by Diana Stricker | Aug 8, 2018 7:57 am | Comments (6)
Efforts to rebuild the deteriorating Parkside Village 1 affordable housing complex in Branford are at a crossroads.
One of the issues is whether a 1925 statute about neighborhood protest petitions is relevant to projects filed under the 1990 Affordable Housing Statute.
Continue reading ‘At Crossroads, Parkside Plan Tests State Law’
by Paul Bass | Aug 2, 2018 11:15 pm | Comments (1)
The quest for affordable housing has divided cities like New Haven from suburbs like Branford. But it doesn’t have to, Sean Scanlon says.
He tells a story about his grandfather to explain why.
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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).
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by Diana Stricker | Jul 30, 2018 7:45 am | Comments (7)
Wednesday’s meeting of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) was a lesson in irony.
The RTM denied a request from Branford’s Housing Authority to grant an easement on Melrose Avenue for two years during construction of the proposed Parkside Village affordable housing project. Some RTM members said the easement would actually be in perpetuity, which they opposed; and they also objected to the $200,000 donation to help build the road, offered by the Housing Authority and its developer, Beacon Communities LLC of Boston.
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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 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.
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by Diana Stricker | Apr 21, 2018 8:31 am | Comments (1)
Ducks and other wildlife are apparently the only ones who can make their homes on an “unbuildable” lot along the Branford River. A settlement has been reached between the neighbors and the property owner, who filed lawsuits when his attempts to build on the half-acre lot were denied by town boards.
Patricia and Stephen Small (pictured below), who have fought development on the adjacent lot for more than two years, attended a Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission meeting Thursday night when a unanimous vote was taken in support of the settlement.
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by Diana Stricker | Mar 23, 2018 8:51 am | Comments (3)
The 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.
Continue reading ‘P&Z Raises Questions about Proposed Housing Development’
by Diana Stricker | Feb 21, 2018 10:02 am
The developers of the Parkside Village housing proposal are optimistic that their legal appeal filed Tuesday will eventually lead to construction of the long-awaited affordable housing project.
Branford’s Housing Authority and its developers, Beacon Communities LLC of Boston, are challenging the legality of a recent decision by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission which denied the project.
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by Marcia Chambers & Diana Stricker | Feb 20, 2018 2:17 pm | Comments (1)
The town’s Housing Authority and Beacon Communities, LLC. , the developer hired to rebuild the dilapidated Parkside housing project on S. Montowese Street, today asked a Superior Court judge to reverse a January decision by the Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission denying the Parkside Village 1 application.
Lead attorney Tim Hollister, an expert in the state’s affordable housing law, had a 14- page appeal served on the Town Clerk this afternoon. Hollister is a partner in the law firm of Shipman & Goodwin in Hartford. The appeal will come before the New Haven Superior Court on March 20. Hollister represents the developer. Anika Lemar, who oversees the Yale Law School’s Community and Economic Development Clinic (“CED”) represents the Housing Authority. One of their first actions will be to ask the judge to transfer the case to the land use court in Hartford.
Continue reading ‘Housing Authority, Developer Cite Bias in P&Z Parkside Decision’