A potential Chipotle Mexican Grill was formally presented last week to Planning and Zoning, and is moving forward, although a final vote was not yet taken.

The restaurant would move forward on the corner of Commercial Parkway and Route 1, where a small strip of businesses currently exist, including Subway a Chinese take-out and Cigar shop.  The current structure would be greatly reduced in size and remodeled for the new restaurant.

The new plan will make what appears to be improvements to traffic flow from the site to the adjacent streets. An access point from the site to Commercial Parkway will be moved further from the main intersection, and a total of 36 parking spaces will included, an increase from 32.

The owner of the site, Centercorp Retail Properties is a Massachusetts based company. John Mancini of BL Companies, the engineer, presented the project to Planning and Zoning.

The proposed Chipotle, which are often built near a Starbucks, will share a lot with the current Starbucks. Interestingly, while Starbucks customers frequently use the lot, Mancini stated that no easement existed on the site regarding the parking. Zoning enforcement officer Jennifer Acquino stated that the concern of the town was that Starbucks held no easement to consider the parking spots near the strip as part of their parking requirements.

Mancini stated he did not see obtaining such an easement to be an issue, considering it benefits Starbucks more than his client.

Another interesting discussion centered around the calculation of parking spaces, and whether that calculation should include outside seating. Commissioner Fed Russo raised the issue, wondering allowed if the fact that it was seasonal should impact that decision.

Acquino stated she did include the proposed outside seating area, but it would make little difference as the proposed parking exceeded the calculations in either event.

There was nothing stated at the meeting on the potential fate of the current tenants. In the audience was the owner of Subway, who stated he had been there for 18 years.

While no vote was taken, the Commission asked the town employees to write up a resolution in favor of the project to be voted on at the next meeting

Chipotle Plan

(13) comments

Anonymous

will I get sick if I eat at this restaurant like just about everyone else in the country? gee I wonder if that came up at the big meeting. I guess not,thats all over with ...right?...right? well I hope they go ahead and do it. the only thing I'm worried about is that the starbuck crowd walking over can find the place. I mean you would think they would have to look up from their phone.

Anonymous

This sentence "wondering allowed if the fact that it was seasonal should impact that decision." Is it supposed to say "wondering aloud?"Spellcheck mistake?

Anonymous

I am hoping the developer/owner give a lending hand to the Subway owner to help find him a new location for his business. It just wouldnt be right for a tenant who has made rent payments for 18 years to be forced to move and not even considered by the landlord. Just shows you that loyalty is a one way street for this site owner.

Anonymous

Yes it would be a shame to lose that Sub-par Subway. What with their stale bread and their paper thin slices of meat. And oh yeah don't forget the smiling faces making the delightful sandwiches.

gobballfan

I would have to agree with anon 4:45. Most of the kids are ok, but the owner never seems happy.

Anonymous

Subway locations are found and leased by the Subway parent company to the franchisee. .The franchisee has nothing to do with the location except to pay the rent to Subway Corp. BTW.. the last ime I was in Subway the bread WAS stale.

Anonymous

We stopped eating at Subway when the owner cursed at the kid making our sandwiches and then removed half of the lunchmeat that the kid put on our sandwiches. We left, no longer hungry. It did not happen at this Branford location, but the experience lingers on, relived every time we pass by one.

Anonymous

Thank you " Town of Branford decision makers" on oking the potential food poisoning threat that this god awful restaurant poses.

Anonymous

to this dum dum......I am hoping the developer/owner give a lending hand to the Subway owner to help find him a new location for his business......


WHY DON'T YOU GIVE THE OWNER OF SUBWAY YOUR MONEY SO TO EASE HIS MOVE...STOP TAKING OTHERS PEOPLES MONEY TO GIVE TO SOMEONE....DANG YOU ARE A MORON....JUST GET YOUR PHD IN WOMENS STUDY AND LEAVE NORMAL HARD WORKING PEOPLE ALONG...HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA...i.S.

Anonymous

Where is BCRD (Brandford Citizens for Responsible Development) on this item? Naysayer's on this site aside, Chipotle is a high volume business and this will impact traffic at an already bad intersection. Where's the outcry about increasing the paved surface area? What about local business that will lose dollars to this national chain? I guess if its not in the radius of exit 56, it doesn't matter.

Pat Santoro

The Cooke family doesn't own the property.Question,do the taxpayers run the town or do the BLT and BCRD have control?

Anonymous

Yeah, 11:17! Where the heck is Pain-in-the-Purse Penny & Bill BlowHorne about Branford turning into Orange?! West Main Street looks EXACTLY like the notorious strip, and now its spreading under the railway bridge! Oh. Right. Stuck up snobby Creekers never venture west of Branford's Mason-Dixon Line, which is Town Hall (too many poor, underprivileged grubby folk there)!

Guest

Never mind the Subway junk!!! what about the other business that were there like Moon Star and the others that were there 10 years (or more)before Subway that has 4 other restaurants in Branford

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