RIDGEFIELD \u2014 Plans to develop the Branchville area are on hold until the town can obtain sewer line capacity for the development. First Selectman Rudy Marconi called Branchville the \u201cforgotten child of Ridgefield.\u201d But the vision is to create new housing, sidewalk additions, road repairs and transit options centered around the Branchville train station. Ridgefield gathered about $717,000 and has about $7 million in grant money to work on the project, but has been stalled by its lack of a sewer line. \u201cWe need a sewer line for that project if we\u2019re going to have good density,\u201d Marconi said. \u201cBecause if you\u2019re going to have high density, you want to be able to provide public transportation where people then go to and return from work \u2014 without putting more cars on the highway.\u201d One of the potential wastewater treatment plants to service the development is the Georgetown plant in Redding. Located just over a mile from the Branchville area, the facility would offer the shortest connection length and cost roughly $2.5 million dollars to implement, according to a 2017 transit-oriented development study conducted to to assess and strategize potential mixed-use development plans. But Redding is not yet willing to let Ridgefield connect to the plant because the former town may need the facility to develop the Gilbert and Bennett Wire Mill site. \u201cUntil we know more about what Redding\u2019s vision and Redding\u2019s needs are, we can\u2019t commit to providing sewer for Branchville,\u201d Redding First Selectwoman Julia Pemberton said. \u201cBut I want to keep that door open because I think the Branchville improvements are really important.\u201d The 2017 report notes the plant\u2019s capacity is fully accounted for and can only service the Branchville area if it is expanded or its flow capacity is rerouted toward the development. The study listed three possible wastewater treatment plans to service the development including the South Street, Route 7 and Georgetown wastewater treatment facilities. The Route 7 facility is closing and the remaining wastewater will be pumped into the South Street plant, Marconi said. South Street\u2019s facility is a possible contender, but its uphill location from Branchville would cost more to connect to, rather than a flat line over to the Georgetown center. \u201cFrom a logistics perspective, it doesn\u2019t make sense to have lift stations and pumps everywhere when you have a sewer plant that\u2019s operational, but really doesn\u2019t have enough flow to justify the cost,\u201d Marconi said. Since the facility is in Redding, Ridgefield would have to enter an inter-municipality agreement with its neighboring town. Pemberton and Marconi have had several discussions over the years regarding the matter. \u201cThe most interesting thing to me is the town of Redding would rather just spend tax dollars to hold and protect any gallonage for the wire mill project,\u201d Marconi said. Pemberton said she is \u201c100 percent behind\u201d the Branchville project, but has not moved forward with plans because of legal issues with the Gilbert and Bennett Wire Mill. Redding had been in a long-standing legal battle with the mill\u2019s development company regarding millions in unpaid taxes and a lack of development. The town moved to take ownership of the property in late 2020 and is expected to take possession of the mill if the owners or creditors do not pay the balance by Tuesday. As of Tuesday afternoon, the town had not heard whether the balance had been paid. Pemberton said Redding can\u2019t move forward with Branchville until it has solidified its plans for the wire mill. \u201cWe can\u2019t work it out until we have a plan for the Gilbert and Bennett site, so it could be two years,\u201d she said. \u201cI think it\u2019s premature to put a timeline on it because we\u2019re just about to get the title to the property unless one of its creditors pays the taxes.\u201d Although Redding would like to make progress, the planning commission voiced concerns about needing to \u201ctake care of Redding first,\u201d Pemberton said. Pemberton plans on assessing the mill property and working out some \u201ctechnical things\u201d regarding an unresolved bond balance on the property before continuing to work with Ridgefield. \u201cIt\u2019s not something that\u2019s directly around the corner because the planning for the future of Georgetown is not something that can be rushed,\u201d Pemberton said.