Riding the rails through the ruin of Connecticut — Chris Powell

Apr 21st, 2014 | By

Reading the governor’s press releases, Connecticut might think that preservation of farmland and prevention of “suburban sprawl” are compelling issues. Riding the train from Greenwich to Hartford gives a contrary impression. Thanks to Amtrak, such a trip is still possible for those who can deal with the bumps, shuttered washrooms, and clogged toilets.

Lush And Leafy Forests Will Need Protection

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

“Connecticut forests in the latter part of the last century and now are in about as good shape as they have been in two centuries,” said David R. Foster, director of Harvard University’s Harvard Forest in Petersham, Ma., and chairman of the board of Highstead, a forest conservation and education organization based in Redding.

Haddam Land Swap deal dead. Developer pulls out – Update

Apr 5th, 2012 | By

A day after Tuesday’s collapse of the controversial Haddam land swap, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection published on its website the appraisal documents that led to the deal’s unraveling. Click here to get to the DEEP website that contains links to the two appraisal reports, which state officials obtained late last year

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Storrs Center breaks ground after years of planning

Jul 8th, 2011 | By

A “who’s who” of Connecticut Democratic leadership assembled on June 29 for the ceremonial ground-breaking of Storrs Center near the University of Connecticut campus.

Haddam land swap needs scrutiny: A plan to swap land along the Connecticut River in Haddam needs scrutiny

Jul 3rd, 2011 | By

A 17-acre state parcel behind the Riverhouse at Goodspeed in Haddam overlooking the Connecticut River is to be traded for an 87-acre parcel of woodlands adjacent to Cockaponset State Forest in the Higganum section of town.

Oxford Greens Zone Change Proposals Raise Eyebrows

Apr 25th, 2011 | By

If approved, the proposed changes would lead to proposals to build multifamily homes in the village.

Two Shopping Centers Proposed In Shelton

Apr 2nd, 2011 | By

Howard Soffan, the owner of the Sports Center of Connecticut, wants to build two new shopping centers on River Road.

Remington Rand site plan on deck

Feb 16th, 2011 | By

The plan to remediate the complex, available on the department’s site, calls for a series of steps, including removing storage tanks, contaminated soil and asbestos. The project will begin May 15 and is scheduled to conclude precisely six months later.

Steinberg Seeks to Limit Intrusive Affordable Housing

Feb 11th, 2011 | By

State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg testified in favor of legislation that would amend the state’s affordable housing law to allow towns to expand the criteria they use to contest projects brought by predatory developers.

The Preserve hearing continued Jan. 19

Jan 14th, 2011 | By

The public hearing portion was a continuation from Dec. 1, and has been further continued to Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m., Old Saybrook Middle School.

Caution urged at Old Saybrook hearing on Preserve development

Jan 6th, 2011 | By

Public interest in development plans for The Preserve, which includes 114 acres of wetlands, hasn’t waned despite the project’s lengthy tangles in court.

Another go-round for Preserve

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

After Planning Commission Chairman Robert McIntyre called the meeting in the woods to order and instructed the group to ask only site orientation questions until the next public hearing, the hiking tour of the site began.

New Preserve Project Hearing Opens in Old Saybrook

Dec 16th, 2010 | By

“The Preserve” development proposal is back before the town of Old Saybrook and all future options — including a possible sale to conservationists — are on the table.

Zoners OK Historic New Haven Re-Do

Dec 16th, 2010 | By

The New Haven Board of Zoning Appeals has approved a plan to rehab the buildings at 26-36 and 44 Crown St. Each apartment must have 50 square feet of storage space for things like bicycles.

UConn to join in downtown Torrington revitalization

Dec 12th, 2010 | By

A UConn initiative to help the city advance its downtown revitalization could be an important step to form an economic development strategy.

Milford cell phone towers expected to get OK

Dec 12th, 2010 | By

Two new applications for cell phone towers here are not likely to meet much opposition, officials said Friday, because they address local concerns and fill in service gaps.

Developers still covet The Preserve; Dec. 1 hearing set

Nov 6th, 2010 | By

The seemingly endless quest of developers to turn what’s known as The Preserve into a high-end community of homes and a golf course continues.

State wins brownfield award

Nov 1st, 2010 | By

Connecticut has made a major push in recent years to acquire open space, toward a laudable goal of protecting 21 percent of the state’s land by 2023 — nearly 675,000 acres that won’t be available for development.

Saddle Ridge opponents launch attack in Easton

Oct 25th, 2010 | By

Opponents of the proposed 124.7-acre residential development in Easton that includes affordable housing have launched a multi-pronged attack aimed at defeating the project.

Despite court ruling, selectman Miller says wait and see about Preserve

Oct 7th, 2010 | By

The recent state Supreme Court decision against River Sound Development LLC in its case against the Old Saybrook Inland Westlands Commission was a “slam dunk” for those who oppose the development of the Preserve. But the contest between private property rights vs the public trust is expected to continue. via Despite court ruling, Miller says

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