Guilford In Business
Well before the pandemic started, the Black Seal on Main Street in Essex Village had to close its doors due to extensive damage caused from a January 2020 fire.
Smoke on the Water, a proposed outdoor trailer-based restaurant on the site of the former Dock and Dine at Saybrook Point, has progressed one small step toward actualization, now that Old Saybrook’s Planning Commission (PC) has recommended to the Zoning Commission (ZC) that it approve amendments to the town’s zoning regulations.
Construction on Big Y, the first tenant in the redeveloped old Morgan School site, is set to start soon with developers projecting an opening date in late 2021.
Guilford Savings Bank (GSB)’s newest branch office was set to officially open on March 1. Located at 158 Washington Avenue in North Haven, this new facility incorporates new designs and technology features, including a customer engagement bar.
To raise the awareness about the availability of manufacturing jobs in the area, the PTA, Clinton Public Schools, the Clinton Manufacturers Coalition (CMC), and the Clinton Economic Development Commission (EDC) will host a free online forum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Changes will once again be coming to the town dock concession stand on Riverside Drive. On Feb. 3, the Town Council unanimously voted to release the operator of the Clinton Harbor Grill from the last year of his lease and will now look to find a new vendor for the space before summer starts.
A plan to revitalize a historic mill building and property at 112 West Elm Street (aka 2 Esico Lane) in Deep River is currently before the town’s Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC).
A raffle kicking off on Saturday, Jan. 16 will help support a new program being offered to small businesses in town by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce.
With the holiday season behind and many more cold winter days ahead, Madison’s shops and restaurants will begin 2021 with the same struggles that characterized much of 2020—but 2021 will also bring much of what allowed businesses to survive and even thrive through 2020, according to Madison Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Eileen Banisch.
The future of 30 Old Post Road, something that has been a subject of interest for the past two years, remains up in the air.
The long-running downtown center project is taking “baby steps” forward, according to First Selectman Peggy Lyons, with $355,000 being proposed to finish the Phase 1 portion of the project sometime next fiscal year.
The year 2020 was an unprecedented challenge for the town as a whole, but for those running small businesses in Guilford, the pandemic created a uniquely difficult set of circumstances requiring a constant spirit of adaptation and cooperation.
Through 2020, two different major redevelopment projects caught the eyes an imaginations of Clinton residents: Indian River Landing and the former Unilever site.
The Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) has unanimously approved the application to build a Van Wilgen’s garden center and green house at the site of the former Cashman’s Hardware Store at the corner of Route One and Grove Street.
This holiday season more than ever, people are recognizing the power, the importance, and the need for small businesses.
North of Havana, located at 77 State Street in North Haven, held a ribbon cutting grand opening on Nov. 12. The...
The Board of Selectmen (BOS) broadly discussed a more detailed and revised version of an incentive plan that would provide a deferral and tiered phasing-in of taxes for certain types of developments, something that has been enacted in several neighboring towns and been discussed in Guilford a number of times over the last few years.
Clinton’s Economic Development Commission (EDC), Clinton Manufacturing Coalition, and PTA are working to spread the word about a new program and Facebook page aimed at educating parents and students about the benefits of careers in the STEM fields and manufacturing.
A 47-unit apartment project that was approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) in May is moving ahead, with the developer filing an application for a building permit for the site of the former office building on the Unilever property.
Officially coming in fall 2022: Indian River Landing.
The property will be tuned into Indian River Landing, a mixed-use development consisting of retail, restaurants, open space, a Big Y, a Starbucks and a hotel. Phase one of the project, which will include the demolition of the school and the construction of the Big Y and Starbucks is expected to be completed in fall 2022.
Clinton may soon have another development opportunity downtown. The lease between CVS and its landlord for its former store at 14 East Main Street is expiring in early 2021, freeing the property for a new tenant.
At the invitation of the Quinnipiac and Greater New Haven chambers of commerce, Guilford Savings Bank (GSB) officially broke ground on Aug. 12 on its latest branch office at the intersection of Washington and Blakeslee avenues in North Haven.
Economic Development Coordinator Brian McGlone, who has served as a lifeline for local businesses during the pandemic and spent nine years in Town Hall guiding and leading Guilford on economic issues, retired at the end of last month, with First Selectman Matt Hoey and Economic Development Commission Chair Mark Wasserman organizing an emotional goodbye motorcade showing the town’s appreciation.
On July 10, Whelen Engineering, a manufacturer of emergency warning systems, announced a round of layoffs at its facilities in Chester, Connecticut and Charlestown, New Hampshire, due to the impact of COVID-19 on business operations.
The Madison Chamber of Commerce’s annual sidewalk sale is adapting to the pandemic with a new timeline, new guidelines, and extended opportunities for shoppers. This year’s event, appropriately branded as a “masked sidewalk sale,” runs Tuesday, July 21 through Sunday, July 26.