An informal presentation was made to the Branford Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday night on a potential development on the now vacant St. Elizabeth’s Church site on Burban Avenue.

In 2017, Branford’s three Catholic Churches formed St. Bosco Parish, and eliminated the need for St. Elizabeths. Since then, the site, which includes a rectory, has ben on the market with its future unknown.

Developer Michael Massimino is proposing the project, and he and engineer John Mancini of BL Companies made the presentation to the Commission. An informal presentation is generally made to get some feedback prior to a formal application, about 10 residents from the neighborhood also attended the hearing.

Overall, the plan calls for a combination of apartments and singe family homes in three distinct aspects.

One aspect is the monastery, which will use its unique shape to create 50, 1-bedroom units. The units vary in size between 437 square feet and 845 square feet. 34 of these are on the first level, 16 would be on a second floor.

The second aspect is the creation of two 4-story structures located behind the monastery. The structures would feature parking on the ground level and total 60 units; 36 1-bedroom and 24 2-bedroom.

Finally, the church itself would be torn down and replaced with 55 single family homes. The plan would be to place 9 homes directly on Alps Road, with the intent to match the design with the neighborhood, and the remaining homes on an access road off the main road.

Main concerns raised by the Commission involved the density of homes, the current zoning would allow about a third of what is being proposed.

However, the return on investment aspect was also acknowledged by the Commission. Mancini mentioned that the acquisition cost of the site was about 2.5 million dollars, and the cost is a driving force in what needs to go on the site to show a profit for the developer.

Neighbors raised concerns about the quality of the developer, the density and traffic.

On the current site, a park exists between the monastery and church, the plan would be to leave this in place, and potentially create an easement for the site, leaving it open space.

Preliminary presentations are often some of the most dense, leaving the developer with room to adjust before a formal application. There was no timeline given for when a forma application may come forward.

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(23) comments

Sailsalot

That area is already loaded with condos.

Guest

Why exactly does Branford need 55 more homes plus apartments? There are already 2 developments in progress, Cherry Hill and Gould lane. Come on folks!

Guest

Tax revenues

Guest

Developer Michael Massimino needs to go back to his drawing board and get real about a project of this size. I doubt he would want this type of development in his neighborhood. Hope that those in charge come to their senses and take a pass on this proposed development.

Guest

SO he paid too much money for the property and the town should change density rules so he can make money? What is wrong with that picture?

Guest

spot on

Guest

There won't be anywhere for the kids in this new development to go from grades 5-8 since they are building the new intermediate school way too small. Also, if they are all families with kids moving in, the taxes generated on these proposed tiny homes will not cover the cost of education.

Guest

Not only will the new learning spaces be too small for the town, but they are going to enclose the "cafetorium" into a proper theater. Problem is now that will be too small also! Can't have all school assemblies - in fact, one grade level will barely be able to fit inside the proposed theater.

Guest

Michael Massimino is a theif and a fraud. He will use this project to steal from more subcontractors and investors. He nearly put my company out of business. Keep him out of our town! Anyone interested in seeing what this man does look him up in the ct judicial site. Total POS dirtbag!
http://civilinquiry.jud.ct.gov/

Guest

I wouldn’t let that guy build my doghouse! He should be on American greed! What a joke, we should keep this guy out on ethics alone.

Guest

He stole so much money from me I couldn’t afford to send my son to college

Peter Black

The commission should have zero concern for return on investment. So he grossly over-paid for the property? That's good for the diocese, but should be bad for him. As others have said, this development will be a burden on other taxpayers. This guy should not be allowed to have Branford's taxpayers bail him out for his own bad business judgment. No zoning change, please!

Guest

agreed

Guest

Amen

Guest

One of the previous people mentioned you take a look in the ct court website. This man has 50+ cases against him for failure of payment! Does the town do any type of due diligence? I

Guest

Watch out for this guy...not a good rep.

Guest

What is the point of even more "residential development" when you see so many "for sale" signs all over time.

More people are leaving Connecticut per capita than any other state except New York. Where are these "residents" supposed to come from?

Guest

What is the point of another proposed "development"? We have a proposed development at Atlantic Wharf that is just a big hole in the ground, there is no construction happening there at all! We have a proposed hotel across from the brewery, yet the existing business there is still operating as if nothing is going to change. Is there some kind of mass delusion going on here? people "propose" yet don't follow through?? What is going on??

Guest

Who is this dirtbag!?

Guest

How in the world are any Massiminos allowed to build anything anymore? The word is out on these scumbags. They don’t pay their subs, and have beat too many people to count.

Guest

He got foreclosed on all the houses across the street too!
http://civilinquiry.jud.ct.gov/DocumentInquiry/DocumentInquiry.aspx?DocumentNo=16456180

Guest

Are you aware of the public hearing regarding the St Elizabeth Church property? They want a zoning change from R4 to R1. I am trying to get the word out. It’s November 21st at 7 pm at the firehouse. 2032142729.

Guest

I am just finding this article and I am disgusted that Michael Mass(hole) bought this property. I can’t go into enough details on what a lowlife he is. It was heartbreaking enough when I heard St Elizabeth was closing now this. I lost over $75k for his underhanded dealings with another Branford resident (I won’t drag his name due to respect for his family) that helped him screw me and my husband over. The properties he does build are shiny shabby work and overpriced. I hope the neighbors get together to block any work he tries to do on this particular property.

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