Self storage facility denied in Branchville

Self storage facilities will not be permitted along Route 7’s business zone in Branchville. That was the result of a pre-submission concept meeting for a multi-unit self storage facility at 71 Ethan Allen Highway — the lot next to Keane’s Autoworks — that went in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission on Dec. 18.   “We’re proposing a climate-controlled, … read more

Branchville to NYC? Commuter bus has ‘express’ vision

An early morning commuter bus from Branchville direct to New York City is a concept being studied by an entrepreneur who operates a driver service. “It takes cars off the road,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said to the selectmen. “The people at that station have been begging for more express service in the morning.” Marconi had been approached concerning use … read more

Planners raise affordable housing as possible solution in Branchville

Could affordable housing be a key element in Branchville’s future? Planning and Zoning Commission members suggested the state’s 8-30g affordable housing law as potential tool for development in Branchville, surprising property owner Joe Ancona during a “pre-submission concept” discussion. Ancona spoke to the commission’s Oct. 23 meeting with an eye to developing properties he owns on Wilridge Road and Park … read more

Duff, communications pro, joins economic commission

“I drive up Route 7 and I wonder why there’s so many vacant buildings,” Amanda Duff told the Board of Selectmen. She wants to do something about it. Duff, a communications professional “with nearly 15 years experience in public relations, marketing and social media” interviewed for a seat on the town’s Economic and Community Development Commission (ECDC) on Oct. 10, … read more

Branchville Subway robbed at knifepoint

Ridgefield police are investigating an armed robbery at the Subway on Ethan Allen Highway in Branchville that took place Sunday, May 20, at 7:13 p.m. Police say a male suspect entered the restaurant across from the Branchville train station and took $342 from the register after brandishing a knife. The suspect appeared to be acting alone, police told The Press, … read more

Letter: Branchville TOD no longer viable

To the Editor: The proposed high-density affordable housing in Branchville is being justified as Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). Housing the economically disadvantaged close to dependable and affordable train service should facilitate travel to and from work and other activities, including on weekends. But according to CT DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker, as reported in the Feb. 22, 2018, Ridgefield Press, those … read more

Budgets tighter than ever in 2018, Marconi says

First Selectman Rudy Marconi delivering the 2015 State of the Town address. —Steve Coulter photo

“We need to tighten up the ship,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. Looking ahead to 2018, an aggressive effort to hold down the budget and taxes seems the overriding priority for the town of Ridgefield, in light of federal tax changes that Marconi expects will increase the burden on many residents as the deductions for local taxes are limited to … read more

Voters approve Branchville projects; town to spend $718,000

Two Branchville grant projects, totaling close to $7 million, moved forward as a town meeting voted unanimously to approve up to $718,000 in town funds to cover the local share of the projects. “Branchville has been the forgotten child for a long time. It needs support,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the crowd of about 25 resident at the public … read more

End in sight: New Route 35 bridge begins taking two-way traffic

After two years of cars and trucks lined up, waiting, waiting, traffic is again flowing in both directions across the new $3.2-million Route 35 bridge. But work — and periodic alternating one-way traffic — isn’t completely done at the project. “Lane closures will be required through the winter, but we will work with the contractor to minimize those as much … read more

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