7 things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire

7 things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire

Transit-oriented development takes another step forward in Meriden with the culmination of a mixed-income apartment project at 11 Crown St., the former Record-Journal property. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting for the newly built facility on Thursday, followed by a ceremony at a new deli in the Meriden Commons II building, which was a separate TOD project. 

The City Council will meet behind closed doors Monday night to discuss a lawsuit over the city’s denial of a permit for a mosque on Research Parkway, which councilors had previously agreed to settle for $45,000 and a reversal of the Planning Commission decision to deny the Islamic center. Meanwhile, in Southington the Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday will take up the question of buying property and development rights to preserve a horse farm on Laning Street.

Here’s the complete list of seven things to know as you start your week.

1.Ribbon cuttings in Meriden’s transit-oriented district

The city on Thursday will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly developed, $31 million housing community built at the former Record-Journal site at 11 Crown St. The community includes 81 total units, including a 63-unit multifamily building and 18 townhouses  The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. The city will also hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. to celebrate the opening of H&T Deli at 161 State St. 

2.Mosque lawsuit in Meriden

The City Council is scheduled to meet in an executive session Monday to discuss a lawsuit filed by a Middletown mosque whose application to relocate to a Research Parkway building was denied last year by the Planning Commission. The city earlier this year agreed to settle the lawsuit by paying up to $45,000 in damages and reversing the Planning Commission’s denial. 

3.Development rights purchase in Southington

In Southington the Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The Town Council is looking for commission recommendations on the purchase of development rights for a Laning Street horse farm as well as the outright purchase of two acres of the farm adjacent to town-owned land. Development rights would prevent housing from being built at Greenleaf Brothers Stables.

4.Class sizes in Meriden schools

The Meriden Board of Education will discuss class sizes and enrollment, and the state Alliance District grants when it meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education building at 22 Liberty. 

5.Economic development in Cheshire 

Cheshire’s Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission will meet Tuesday night via videoconference.  The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m., and can be viewed live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4_xey3QjJmwe57R_6K94Dw. Earlier in the day, the town’s Economic Development Commission is scheduled to convene an in-person meeting in the council chambers at Town Hall. That meeting starts at 8 a.m. The commission is scheduled to hold a discussion with Chesprocott Health District officials as well as discuss long-term recovery activities, according to the meeting’s agenda.

6.Variance requests in Wallingford

The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold public hearings on six different applications for variances when it meets at 7 p.m. Monday. The variance requests involve properties on Northfield, Williams and Liandina roads, as well as Tuttle Avenue, Ridgeland Circle and South Side Drive, according to the meeting agenda. Instructions for access to the virtual meeting can be found on the ZBA agenda posted on the town website, www.wallingford.ct.us.

7.School modernization in Cheshire 

The School Modernization Committee is scheduled to meet the following night, Wednesday. An agenda for the meeting had not been posted. The committee last met on Oct. 5, and had convened that meeting remotely through videoconference.

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