Branford Weighs Major Retail Development Off I-95

Big plans are in place for a 44-acre lot across from exit 56 off Interstate 95 in Branford. Developers are proposing a huge retail outlet to be anchored by Costco.

Town officials say the development would not only be convenient for Branford residents, but would also provide the town with much-needed tax revenue. That, in turn, would mean lower taxes for residents.

The project would also bring jobs.

“I'm always interested in the economy, and I know some people are opposed to it, but candidly speaking, it would be ideal for those who are out of work right now, so I think it's very positive,” said Branford resident Flo Mack.

Those opposed to the project say it would bring too much congestion to an already busy area. They say they don't want Branford turned into an overdeveloped area like the Boston Post Road in Milford.

They planned to voice their concerns at Thursday night's planning and zoning meeting.

First Selectman James Cosgrove said he thinks many of the issues will be addressed, and overall, people are happy with the prospect of Costco coming to town.

“I think with any project you have some concerns by groups and individual residents that may come forward, but I think the process they're going through now is coming forward with a master plan for the area, and I think a lot of those concerns will be addressed during this process,” said Cosgrove.

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