The Branford Motel, with a history of criminal activity that has long been a focus of law enforcement, may soon be cleaned up.
The Branford Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Thursday night to approve a new Hampton Inn to replace the Branford Motel.
The new hotel will have about 100 rooms, and a separate structure will serve as a restaurant and bar. Currently, there is no named tenant for the restaurant; the restaurant will require additional approval from Planning and Zoning.
According to the applicants, there is about 3 months of design work that needs to be completed, and about a year of construction that will take place, putting an opening date in mid-2021.
The demolition of the Branford Motel will take place I phases, with some of the buildings in the current facility remaining open for business during the new construction.
The location has been a well-known hotbed of criminal activity and required a near constant police presence. Last month, a Madison man was convicted of assault in relation to a stabbing at the motel; in 2017 a woman pled guilty to a manslaughter charge related to a 2014 death at the motel.
The approval falls on the heels of another proposal made last month to replace the Days Inn and former Margaritas restaurant a few hundred yards away with high end rental units. Both projects will clean up older motels that have fallen in disrepair in recent years.
The projects also come as a significant boost in economic development is being seen in Branford. Another major project proposed in an unofficial manner to the Commission was new condominiums to complete Anchor Reef, across from the train station, and a new Archie Moore’s restaurant in the town center.