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Officially coming in fall 2022: Indian River Landing.
The property will be tuned into Indian River Landing, a mixed-use development consisting of retail, restaurants, open space, a Big Y, a Starbucks and a hotel. Phase one of the project, which will include the demolition of the school and the construction of the Big Y and Starbucks is expected to be completed in fall 2022.
Clinton may soon have another development opportunity downtown. The lease between CVS and its landlord for its former store at 14 East Main Street is expiring in early 2021, freeing the property for a new tenant.
At the invitation of the Quinnipiac and Greater New Haven chambers of commerce, Guilford Savings Bank (GSB) officially broke ground on Aug. 12 on its latest branch office at the intersection of Washington and Blakeslee avenues in North Haven.
Economic Development Coordinator Brian McGlone, who has served as a lifeline for local businesses during the pandemic and spent nine years in Town Hall guiding and leading Guilford on economic issues, retired at the end of last month, with First Selectman Matt Hoey and Economic Development Commission Chair Mark Wasserman organizing an emotional goodbye motorcade showing the town’s appreciation.
On July 10, Whelen Engineering, a manufacturer of emergency warning systems, announced a round of layoffs at its facilities in Chester, Connecticut and Charlestown, New Hampshire, due to the impact of COVID-19 on business operations.
The Madison Chamber of Commerce’s annual sidewalk sale is adapting to the pandemic with a new timeline, new guidelines, and extended opportunities for shoppers. This year’s event, appropriately branded as a “masked sidewalk sale,” runs Tuesday, July 21 through Sunday, July 26.
“It’s been frustrating,” said Prosser. “We actually did go through the eviction process with the courts. We have a court order that gives us possession of the premises. The...second to last step is actually executing that order.”
After a lengthy career with the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce including serving as its executive director, Dee Prior Nesti has retired from the chamber.
Golf with the first selectman, a tandem sky dive, and brunch with a view of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade are just a few of the items that are up for bid in an online auction to raise funds for Old Saybrook businesses and non-profits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the second phase of the state’s reopening plan begins in mid-June, Chester is soliciting feedback from residents to better understand how they have been impacted by COVID-19 and what steps the town can take to address areas of concern.
Almost two weeks into Phase One of reopening as defined by the state, the Town of Madison is preparing to begin offering more services and limited summer programming while still reminding residents that many restrictions will remain in place, and the danger of the pandemic is far from over.
On May 12, Governor Ned Lamont issued Executive Order (EO) 7MM, addressing expedited approval for outdoor dining areas. This was just eight days before restaurants would be allowed to open outside seating on May 20.
A proposed treatment center for addicts in North Madison is drawing an outcry from neighbors with almost two dozen banding together to oppose the new facility, mostly on the belief that its clients would pose a safety hazard or engage in criminal behavior, which has not been an issue at other similar facilities.
On May 20, the state is set to start reopening some businesses under new guidelines designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To help businesses comply with the new orders, Clinton’s land use officials will be instituting a number of new policies.
Town, Chamber Helping Navigate New Restrictions
Guilford is working to expedite the process by which restaurants can begin offering outdoor seating service, with a handful expected to serve customers in the next week or so.
In Centerbrook, Meagan Foley of Meagan’s Barber Shop at 61 Main Street has been busy booking appointments since the governor set a May 20 deadline for reopening.
In order to help the developer of the Indian River Landing project with its startup costs, the Town Council approved a tax abatement anticipated to be worth approximately $1.8 million for the project on May 6.
The Indian River Landing project was given the go ahead in March from Clinton’s land use boards which excited the public. Still, no official tenants on the site were named. Rumors swirled about two potential tenants: Big Y and Starbucks.
In order to provide some relief to the developer of the Indian River Landing project, the Town Council voted to reduce the land-use fees incurred by the application for the project.
Alicia Winalski has been the owner of Nyman Jewelers in Old Saybrook for about 20 years and, like any other business owner anywhere in the U.S., has never faced anything like the COVID-19 pandemic.
As East Haven and surrounding communities strive to keep residents safe during the COVID-19 crisis, the business community is taking part in the efforts, even as businesses large and small are facing their own crises.
Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce’s Great Takeout Giveaway, designed to support local restaurants, will continue through Friday, May 8, thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity of donors.