Improvements to one of Branchville\u2019s more visible properties \u2014 the four-story building which housed a barbershop for many years, and its lot at 33 Ethan Allen Highway \u2014 have been approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The plans approved on an 8-0 vote of the commission include construction of a 22-by-38-foot storage garage, one-and-half-stories high, repaving of the parking lot, and exterior improvements to the main building. The new garage is expected to be used by the business Window Solutions. The four-story 1,300-square-foot building is a wood-frame structure on the site that dates to about 1900. The upper floors are sided but there\u2019s a brick facade on the ground floor, which is set up for commercial use while there are offices and apartments above. Over discussion at a few meetings, concerns were raised about sidewalks. The concerns were eventually resolved at the last discussion of it Nov. 12, with the owners showing they\u2019d grant easements to the state of Connecticut for sidewalk construction that is planned in the area as part of the Branchville TOD or \u201ctransit oriented development\u201d project. Commissioner John Katz, who eventually moved approval of the project, expressed concern about the width of the sidewalk easement \u2014 which was six feet for the sidewalk and another three feet for a snow storage shelf. \u201cI would not be in favor of a six-foot sidewalk with a three-foot shelf \u2014 that\u2019s ridiculous,\u201d Katz said. He was not mollified by the suggestion that the sidewalk might not be as wide as the easement area. \u201cI know how the state works,\u201d he said. \u201cIf they\u2019ve got a six- foot easement, they\u2019re going to put down six feet of concrete.\u201d The motion for approval included conditions requiring that the entrance-exit off Route 7 \u201cinclude a sidewalk within the driveway, and \u201cdepressed-sidewalk\u201d concrete curbing.\u201d It also says the owners must provide state or town agencies \u201call necessary easements for the installation of a pedestrian sidewalk along the property\u2019s Ethan Allen Highway frontage\u201d \u2014 a requirement designed to accommodate the sidewalks envisioned connecting properties throughout the area as part of the Branchville TOD plan. With the property just across Route 7 from the Norwalk River, the approval includes provisions for the town to do maintenance and repair on the stormwater management system that is part of the plans if it is neglected and the town believes the work is needed to keep drainage flowing properly. The owner is CT Property Assistance LLC, and the project was shepherded through the planning and zoning process by McChord Engineering Associates.