Approval for the Ulbrich Boys and Girls Club to open a branch in Hope Christian Church in North Haven was delayed after a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission last week.
Tammi Ulbrich, chair of the Ulbrich Boys and Girls Club of Wallingford’s board of directors, represented the club’s application for a special permit to use the lower level of the church, 211 Montowese Ave.
PZC Chairman Vern Carlson suggested continuing the public hearing until the next meeting after church neighbors expressed concerns about traffic, privacy and noise.
“We're very sensitive to the neighbors and I understand where they're coming from as far as the noise and the lights ... everything that they mentioned is certainly a valid thing,” Carlson said.
He suggested the club meet with neighbors and come back to the commission in July.
Ulbrich and her associates have since scheduled two meetings, according to Erik Scaranuzzo, head of the North Haven Boys and Girls Club steering committee.
The first meeting was to be held at the Hope Christian Church on Tuesday, June 11. The other is scheduled to be held there Saturday, June 15 at 9 a.m.
“We’re going to try to be more proactive this time (with getting out information),” Scaranuzzo said.
Scaranuzzo said anyone is also welcome to call the Wallingford Ulbrich Boys and Girls Club with questions.
The Ulbrich Boys and Girls Club in North Haven is currently planning to open this fall, with a likely enrollment size of about 20 children to start, which they expect to expand. They plan to have an after-school program from 2 to 6 p.m. and hope to be able to start a morning program as well. The church building can hold up to 100 children.
The program would be open to North Haven students, up to 18-year-old, who are enrolled in school.
The next Planning and Zoning Commission meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 1 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the North Haven Memorial Library.
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