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.

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Guest

Um, where are the people going to come from to fill the rooms at Hamptons Inn, or to move into the new residential units?

I see more people wanting to leave the state than move into it. What am I missing?

Guest

Steve nice article, What’s not mentioned is where the 60 to 80 semi permanent low itemppray and semi permanent residents are expected to move to. Most of the apartment complexes in town are running at capacity. People want to live in Branford. With the opposition to the Parkside Village project, (whether you’re for or against it is immaterial to this conversation.) Where do we expect them to go? Many of the chain motels Enforce a three week maximum stay before you have to relocate to another hotel. Many of these people live a life of turmoil already; imagine moving every three weeks? Thanks keep up the great work. Geoff Hotz

Guest

Search online and you will see Branford has an abundant amount of rentals, the problem is they are not affordable! They are not even affordable for a person making a decent wage let alone individuals on limit incomes. Branford is turning into a Town where if you are not making a six figure salary you should look else where to call home! These individuals that are living in this complex will have to move out of Branford for a stable existence! Sad!

Guest

Stop living off the state. Get a job.

Guest

They can move in with Geoff Hotz.

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