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Harbor NewsPublished Nov. 21, 2018 08:30 a.m.
She may be a Valley Regional High School graduate, but Tara Barros has roots in Old Saybrook. The new Board of Education (BOE) chairman’s parents grew up in the town, and she and her family live in the house where her grandparents raised her father and aunt. It’s where she and her husband are raising their two boys.
Harbor NewsPublished Nov. 07, 2018 08:30 a.m.
Clinton, say hello to your potential newest resident: Indian River Landing. The Board of Selectmen (BOS) unanimously voted to approve the sale of the old Morgan School property to the developer Greylock Property Group for $2.2 million. Property will be tuned into Indian River Landing, a mixed-use development consisting of retail, restaurants, a large-scale grocery or retail store, and townhomes. The project is estimated to take about five years to complete. The developer will also pay costs associated with the demolition of the building and any road improvements related to the property. The proposed development will have to undergo several approval stages. A public hearing on the proposal will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall. The hearing will be followed by a vote at a town meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall. The project must also be approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Finance. According to a press release from First Selectman Christine Goupil, the portion of the development fronting Route 81 will host retail stores and restaurants, while the back of the property will host larger retail or grocery stores and residential townhomes. A public park on the Indian River and a recreational walking path will also be included in the project. The currently proposed development consists of 24 townhomes and 127,000 square footage of retail. In the press release, Goupil said in part, “The Retail environed at Indian River Landing will complement the outlets by providing restaurant and retail bands not currently in Clinton, along with other village type services.” The sale of the property was announced at the November 11th BOS meeting. Selectman Carol Walter complimented Goupil and the board as a whole for the months of work that was put into finding a developer for the space. “This BOS did its’ due diligence. We spent months looking at every viable group,” said Walter. Goupil said that the BOS met with four other potential developers. Selectman Phil Sengle said “We worked very well together because we focused on what Clinton wanted. We felt this was the best fit. “ Goupil told the Harbor News that in particular, the board considered developers with proposals that met the zoning regulations for the property, and ones they felt had solid financial backing. The board also looked into the waste water plans of each proposal, something Goupil said stymied the previous developers plans for the property. John Allen, the chairman of the EDC, called the proposal “a transformative moment for the town.” Allen said he believes that the planned development will complement the Clinton Crossings outlets, and energize the town. Allen also complimented the architect of the project, Matt Williams of Williams Architects, and noted that Williams has experience with other projects in the shoreline area. “I think it’s great, I think everyone in town should be happy.” When reached for comment Williams named several other developments, he has been a part of in Clinton, such as Liberty Square, and the Hammocks. “This is the kind of project we’re well suited for with our local knowledge,” Williams said. Williams said a key part of his concept was to incorporate existing local architecture into designs. “We’re excited to see this move forward and I think it’ll be a huge benefit to the town of Clinton,” Williams said. The announcement of a development on the Old Morgan School property is a long time coming in Clinton. In February 2015, voter approved the $2.8 million sale of the property to Mill Pond, LLC with the expectation the developer would replace the old school with apartments, offices, and retail, service, and restaurant uses. It was initially expected that the Mill Pond proposal would break ground in late 2016, however it never happened. Developer Henry Resnikoff terminated the agreement with the town in August of 2017 citing issues with financing and getting approval for a waste water permit application from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. Since the collapse of the Mill Pond project, the town has retained control of the property, which has led to unexpected costs for maintenance and security against vandalism.
Harbor NewsPublished Oct. 31, 2018 08:30 a.m.
Most people, understandably, hear about the approach of a hurricane and get as far away as possible. But there are a few brave people who head toward the storm instead.
Harbor NewsPublished Oct. 24, 2018 08:30 a.m.
Each year the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook bestows the Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award to an individual who embodies the spirit, independence, and character of the legendary four-time Academy Award winning actress.
Harbor NewsPublished Oct. 10, 2018 08:30 a.m.
David Melillo has only been the director of human services in Clinton since June, but he’s no stranger when it comes to the role.
Harbor NewsPublished Oct. 03, 2018 08:30 a.m.
Pavlos Named Lyme Art Association Executive Director
Harbor NewsPublished Sep. 26, 2018 08:30 a.m.
Where there’s a will, there’s a…relative. Just ask Terry Lomme, the recently retired judge of probate in the Old Saybrook District, which includes nine towns: Old Saybrook, Essex, Deep River, Chester, Westbrook, Clinton, Killingworth, Lyme, and Haddam.
Harbor NewsPublished Aug. 29, 2018 08:30 a.m.
In her 20s, Cori Pasquale had a crisis of faith. It was surprising since she and her family were strongly connected to the faith community of First Church of Christ of Old Saybrook (Congregational) when she was young, but suddenly in her late 20s, she found herself adrift with a new baby and in the midst of a divorce. She needed help and support.
Harbor NewsPublished Aug. 22, 2018 08:30 a.m.
When Jack Scherban transferred to the area from Massachusetts for a job in the banking industry, an associate mentioned Clinton as a place to look for a home. In 1974, Jack moved in and has stayed ever since.
Harbor NewsPublished Aug. 15, 2018 08:30 a.m.
Charlotte Kundrath grew up in a home that embraced the arts, which may explain why she has found a way to translate that love of culture into a regular part of her life as a volunteer at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate).
Harbor NewsPublished Aug. 08, 2018 08:30 a.m.
If you’re like most town residents, your interaction with the town assessor is limited to the property revaluation notice the assessor sends you every five years or contact to remove a motor vehicle you’ve sold from the tax rolls.
Harbor NewsPublished Aug. 01, 2018 08:30 a.m.
Carolyn Vallee, one of the organizers of the Westbrook Elks Club’s annual Beach Jam for Breast Cancer Patient Care Services, has a quick comparison for the event now hitting its 10th year: “Lollapalooza.”
Harbor NewsPublished July 18, 2018 08:30 a.m.
Walk by the Town Green the week before the annual Old Saybrook Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29 and you will see the usual: a grassy square bisected by a sidewalk.
Harbor NewsPublished June 20, 2018 08:30 a.m.
When asked what he’s passionate about, Kunsang Dorjee says, “Music,” yet “harmony” might be a better word: harmony with music in its many forms, with the world around him, with the stars above, and with the unseen in the universe that scientific theorists imagine and experimental physicists seek to find.
Harbor NewsPublished June 13, 2018 08:30 a.m.
On Father’s Day 2018, Reverend Dr. M. Craig Fitzsimmons, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Clinton, will retire from pastoral life after 10 years as the pastor in Clinton.
Valley CourierPublished June 06, 2018 08:30 a.m.
Here’s what you will need: 4,300 bales of hay, 91,250 gallons of water, and 18,750 pounds of grain. Here’s what you will get: 25 well fed horses—more precisely, the 25 horses used by High Hopes Therapeutic Riding.
Harbor NewsPublished May 30, 2018 08:30 a.m.
If you’ve followed the news in Clinton over the last two years, you’re probably familiar with the saga involving proposed changes to the town’s charter.
Harbor NewsPublished May 23, 2018 08:30 a.m.
The State of Connecticut is planning a maritime renaissance at its three deepwater ports, and to put that plan into action created the Connecticut Port Authority, basing the operation in Old Saybrook and naming Evan Matthews, an experienced port manager, its executive director in 2016.
Harbor NewsPublished May 02, 2018 08:30 a.m.
Every non-profit organization has a story to tell—it’s what inspires volunteers, donors, and supporters to become part of that story and help advance the group’s mission. But how do non-profit groups make sure the story they tell remains relevant?