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Notes in a Nutshell: Aug. 18 Town Plan & Zoning — Affordable Housing

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Aug 182015
 

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 8.19.16 PMThe Town Plan & Zoning Commission met at the Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Chairman Walter Clark was not there, so Judy Smith presided over the meeting.

Report of Zoning Enforcement Officer

Zoning Enforcement Officer Paul Dinice has been policing the Boston Post Road.

Buttonball fines continue to accumulate, nearly $40,000 at this point.

PUBLIC HEARING 

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 8.01.03 PMThis plan was discussed at the July 7 meeting.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING 8-30g APPLICATION – 504-506 Boston Post Road.  Submitted by AMP Investments LLC, for property known as 504-506 Boston Post Road.  The proposal is for an adaptive reuse of the rear building of the property currently known as 504 Boston Post Road. The intent is to make the plaza a mixed use Retail-Residential property with an 8-30g residential component.  Ten apartments are proposed.

Discussion: 

Jeff Gordon speaking on behalf of the applicant: Below Market Rate Units are proposed.

30% have to be affordable 2 60% units and 1 80% unit would be provided here. (I suggest watching this on OGAT Video on Demand for Gordon’s detailed explanation when it is posted).

These will be rental apartments. The building owner would upgrade the apartments, making them more valuable and more taxes for the town with 2 80% units and 1 60% unit if the commission does not force them to go through an appeal process.

Rent would be 60% 1 bedroom unit $688 month plus $150 utilities (state formula calculation) 650sqft apt

Rent for 80% 2 bedroom unit $1,200+ plus utilities (state formula calculation) 875-1,300sqft

Resident Don Ludington and others in his neighborhood on Mallard Drive have concerns. their property abuts 506 Boston Post Road. They are afraid tenants will trash the wetlands as businesses had in the past. There is a danger to anyone who may have children because there is a very steep hill behind the building leading to the wetlands. Approval wouldn’t be in the best interest of the town, residents or other business owners.

No positive impact. The wetlands feeds into Indian Lake.

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 8.32.01 PMJim Garrand believes the plan should go through wetlands as well. The building was constructed as a furniture store overflow storage space and the builder illegally put a second floor on it many years ago. This is commercial space, if this goes in the entire town will be open to affordable housing.

This is the nesting area for Indian Lake, the wildlife could be in danger if it is developed as proposed and children are living there.

Gordon said the police commission, fire marshal and wetlands signed off on the application. The Units are not attractive to people with children. It’s really for empty nesters and older people.

“I know people get scared when they hear the words ‘affordable housing’ A 4 person family can have an income of $65,000 to be in the 80%,” Gordon said.

Commissioner Ralph Aschettino asked when the building was constructed. A quick records check showed that it was built in 2002.

Smith said the commissioners should all go and look at the property to see if there are safety issues with the drop off in the back as Mr. Ludington stated.

The public hearing was continued until the Sept. 1 TPZC meeting.

 

 

Property Tranfers: A List Of Recent Home Sales In Orange

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Aug 182015
 

sold_signTown Clerk Pat O’Sullivan released this list of property transfers filed with his office between Aug. 3 and Aug. 10.

• 367 Old Silo Road, $414,000, Robert Jalette to Mark Fairty, filed on Aug. 3.

• 668 Estelle Court, $540,000, Gian Varbaro to Mei Shao, filed on Aug. 3.

• 52 New Haven Avenue, $370,000, Onorino Colonna to Alan Bachman, filed on Aug. 4.

• 344 West River Road, $542,000, Christopher Collier to Samuel Larson, filed on Aug. 4.

• 11 Crofut Road, $293,000, Karen Bauer to Jesse Plude, filed on Aug. 5.

• 951 Garden Road, $336,000, Barbara Mott to Michelle Shoop, filed on Aug. 7.

• 421 Windy Hill Road, $447,000, Michael Hotchkiss to Sarah Tullo, filed on Aug. 10.

Police Commission Approves Scinto’s Marsh Hill Building Proposal

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Aug 162015
 

Aerial view of the Scinto building site from Edison Road to the I-95 exit ramp

Aerial view of the Scinto building site from Edison Road to the I-95 exit ramp

Attorney Stephen Studer and Neil Olinski, representing R. D. Scinto presented the Police Traffic Authority with plans for a new building that would be erected on the “Gateway into Orange” on the former Stew Leonard Property at 161 Marsh Hill Road.

The plans are for an 80,700 sqft (4 story, 57-foot tall) office building.

The men explained that this would be the first phase of a large building project that Scinto has planned for the property he purchased from Leonard around 2012.

Scinto’s people had a traffic study done that proved the space can accommodate office traffic.

The existing traffic and future traffic may require some timing adjustments with the traffic signals. They propose extending the southbound turn lane on Marsh Hill by about 250 feet or re-striping the road.

Police Chief Robert Gagne said the state would have to get involved considering its’ impact on Route 1 and other roads.

The entrance to the Scinto complex would be from Edison Road (NOT near I-95) to avoid traffic back ups on the ramp and overpass.

The town Wetlands Commission approved the plans at its July meeting and the police traffic authority also approved it pending approval from the state.

 

Colonial Properties Acquires Nutmeg Property Realty

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Aug 132015
 

Colonial-NutmegMichael Richetelli, President and Designated Broker of Colonial Properties, Inc. in Orange announced that the company has acquired Nutmeg Property Realty.

Nutmeg was founded and run by Orange resident Al Melotto in 2005 and had been located in Milford, focusing primarily on residential real estate services. Melotto and residential agents Carole Annicelli, John Vigliotti and Aileen Magda have all joined Colonial’s staff and together have more than 80 years of combined real estate sales experience.

“It’s a pleasure to have Al and his associates join our team. It enables us to expand our residential services to complement our long history of commercial real estate sales in order to better serve our clients and the market,” said Richetelli. “Joining Mike was a natural fit for us; being associated with a well-respected, local, independent firm like Colonial Properties was essential.”

Colonial Properties, Inc. is a full service Real Estate Brokerage firm, founded in 1978, handling all types of residential, commercial and investment real estate transactions including the sale and leasing of retail, industrial, office and investment properties, as well as property valuation and brokering land and business sales.

Open House: See This 3 Bedroom Cape On Sunday 2 – 3:30 p.m

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Aug 082015
 

354 Racebrook Road OrangeAre you in the market for a nice family home? Take a look at this charming, updated 1939 Cape nestled on spectacular, private .91 acres at 354 Racebrook Road, Orange, on Sunday, Aug. 9 from 2-3:30 p.m.

This lovely 1,569 sqft home has 3 beds 2 baths and is offered for a recently reduced price of $319,900.

 

Wayne Hugendubel will show you around the 1st floor Master Bedroom with sitting area, Renovated full bath w/classic subway tile and travertine on main level.

Kitchen with stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar. Open to Living Rm w/fireplace and bay window.

Formal Dining Room w/built-in hutch.

Upstairs are 2 additional bedrooms which are serviced by a full bath.

Finished basement with walkout. Beautiful, neutral, fresh paint colors throughout. Large deck and lower level patio overlooks lush grounds. 1 car garage; hardwood floors; fireplace

Appliances Included: Dishwasher, Range, Refrigerator

Electric Water heater, Above Ground Oil Tank,Radiator heaters, septic system, Private Well, crushed stone driveway

Cable – Available

MLS #: N10061219

Aug 072015
 

614 Hunting Hill Place

614 Hunting Hill Place

In the market for a home in Orange? Check out this open house Sunday, Aug. 9 at 614 Hunting Hill Place, from 12-3 p.m.

This single family 1,706 sq ft 7 Room, Vinyl sided Ranch style / Split Level at the end of a cul-de-sac, features, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, large Living Room w/ Fire Place, Dining Room, tiled Kitchen w/ stainless Steel Appliances, screened Porch off Kitchen. Master Bedroom w / Walk in closet & full Bathroom.

Lower Level w/ huge Family Room w/ sliders to a Patio with a beautiful grill area overlooking an in ground pool (new liner & filter), w/ a great .69 acre entertainment yard, shed / bar. walk up Attic, full finished Basement & a 2 car attached garage.

Minutes to center of town, Schools, Shopping, I-95 & Parkway. A must see. Price Reduced $360,999.

MLS #: N10047185

 

Notes In A Nutshell: Orange Town Plan And Zoning Commission

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Aug 042015
 

Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 7.50.21 PMThe Town Plan & Zoning Commission met at Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the discussion that took place on the agenda items:

1. Meeting with Ms. Kathleen Conroy Cass to discuss use of former Enchanted Garden property at 461 Derby Avenue.

The discussion included the grandfathered use from Enchanted Gardens to St. Anthony’s Book & Gift Shop.

Chairman Walter Clark seemed to be in favor of the plans throughout most of the discussion with the idea of selling seasonal flowers — mums in fall, poinsettia at Christmas. stating that any non-conforming use should be changed to conforming as soon as possible.

He also added that a fence should be erected to keep people from parking in the grass thereby extending the parking area. And the building also cannot be extended.

He insisted that the name reflect the approved use of the property.

Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 8.09.11 PMThe woman who spoke for Cass said Clark was biased and against the plans at the last meeting and that it was filmed and on the record. She said if they are forced to JUST be a florist shop and not sell other items, the business will not succeed.

She added that forcing them to change the name of their business on the sign is a violation of their First Amendment Rights.

The former owner sent in a letter requesting the commission approve Cass’s application as she is an established business owner in Shelton and Derby and that she would be a great addition to the community.

Santo Galatioto and his wife also supported the plans and encouraged the Commission to approve it.

Commission Member Ralph Aschettino said he felt the proposal is a good one and would be an improvement to what is there now. “As a board we are elected to make decisions,” he said. “This is not substantially different from the former use.”

Ozzie Parente said he was concerned with the extra conditions that were being placed on the new owner.

The decision went to a vote with a 3-1 approval (Clark said Nay) “Welcome to Orange”

2. SITE PLAN APPLICATION – 260 BULL HILL LANE. – Submitted by NCC Orange/CT Associates Limited Partnership. For a proposed lot line revision and property size reduction (former Builders Square Building).

Discussion: The building has been bought by someone who intends to clean it up.

For now, this site plan application was unanimously approved.

3. Review of the Minutes from the July 7, 2015 meeting.

approved

6. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

Buttonball property is still an issue and legal action is being taken against the owner and the fines are around $30,000 to date.

There are several anti-blight issues that went out that were resolved immediately.

Blight at 339 Boston Post Road, Enchanted Gardens lawn needs to be mowed, Paul Dinice is hitting the road giving warnings for illegal signs, Residents with Bamboo on the property are being addressed. Lakeview and Ravenswood site is being discussed.

Executive Session ****

The Commission voted on contacting Planametrics to do more work for the Town.

 

Property Transfers In Orange July 23-Aug. 3

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Aug 032015
 

home-for-sale-sold-signTown Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan released this list of property transfers filed with his office from our last publication through Aug. 3.

325 Juniper Drive, $343,500, Irina Rosewater to Michael Hessberger, filed on July 27.

718 Derby Milford Road, $425,000, Robert Ehorn to Thomas Rizzotti, filed on July 27.

370 Haystack Hill Road, $359,900, Ciro Tacinelli to Jonathan Hawes, filed on July 27.

520 Howellton Road, $310,000, Peter Mueller to Jacqulyn Mitchell, filed on July 28.

373 Old Silo Road, $395,000, Juan Haydu Tr to Gabriele Agnello, filed on July 28.

933 Ox Yoke Road, $279,000, Lawrence Wechsler to James Ray, filed on July 28.

138 Sunrise Hill Circle, $432,671, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Mary Ann Facenda, filed on July 29.

398 Old Country Road, %337,000, 395 Old Country Road, Marisa Honig to Richard Ricard, filed on July 29.

230 Karen Drive, $339,900, Michael Dorney to Richard Hardt Jr. , filed on July 30.

241 Deerfield Lane, $480,206.78, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Lawrence Forte, filed on July 30.

846 Hillcrest Road, $299,900, Susan Smith to Danielle Izzo, filed on July 31.

773 Orange Center Road, $352,000, Kathryn B. Freda Revocable Trust to Margaret Edgar, filed on July 31.

367 Old Silo Road, $414,500, Robert Jalette to Marc Fairty, filed on Aug. 3.

668 Estelle Court, $540,000, Gian Varbaro to Mei Shao, filed on Aug. 3.

 

 

 

 

 

Economic Development: Warehouse Space Available on Route 1

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Jul 302015
 

for leaseDo you need warehouse space in a convenient location, this may be what you are looking for.

Three warehouse units totaling 12,626 sqft available for lease at 464 Boston Post Road, located at the busy intersection of Orange Center and Route 1 near Home Depot. Plenty of parking.

7,900 sqft for $2,500 month; 2,200 sqft rear lower level space for $895 month; and 2,500 sqft for $1,550 month.

For information or to see it, call Fred Messore at Colonial Properties at 203-795-8060 or 203-988-6298 or e-mail at [email protected]

Property Transfers: Orange Sales July 1-22

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Jul 272015
 

home-for-sale-sold-signTown Clerk Patrick O’Sullivan released this latest list of property transfers filed with his office between July 1 and July 22.

584 Grassy Hill Road, $415,000, Judith Ode to Casey Bjorkdahl, filed on July 1

140 Sunrise Hill Road, $461,616, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Cathy Markle, filed on July 1

Commercial Property, $2,140,000, Three hundred thirty nine Boston Post Road Assoc. to CT Center For Child Development, filed on July 6

12 Goose Lane, $467,689, Sunrise Hill Estates to Michael Riordan Jr., filed on July 6

353 Woodlane Lane, $532,500, Donald Acker to Scott Rocchio, filed on July 13

993 Willard Road, $509,000, Peter Macchiarelli to Joseph Kim, filed on July 14

568 Meetinghouse Circle, $285,500, Stella C. Smith Est to Bryan Knight, filed on July 15

458 Clement Lane, $365,000, Anthony Johns to Donald Acker, filed on July 16

438 Old Tavern Road, $575,000, Richard Beattie to Robert Curis, filed on July 16

217 Deerfield Lane, $529,442, Sunrise Hill Estates LLC to Jane Maretz, filed on July 17

257 Harvester Road, $250,000, Joseph Seymour to David Pantalone, filed on July 20

831 Oakwood Road, $436,000, Nadine Schwab Revocable Trust to Johanna Westermann, filed on July 21

853 Birchwood Drive, $400,000, Debra Britz to Elena Obymachow, filed on July 22

631 Aspen Lane, $589,900, Claudia Heyman to Rebekah Melville Neklesa, filed on July 22

1017 Opekun Road, $259,000, Ndrek Kimca to Katherine Sosnoff, filed on July 22