Groton Council Approves Purchase Agreement for Former Seely School, as Town Moves to Redevelop Public Properties

GROTON — The Town Council on April 7 approved a purchase agreement with a North Haven developer, laying out a plan to eventually sell the town-owned William Seely School. The school is one of several unused, publicly-owned properties in Groton that town leadership have sought in recent years to redevelop and return to the tax rolls. DonMar Development Corporation, based in North Haven, has presented plans to construct about 280 apartment units with added community amenities at the property on 55 Seely School Drive. Once completed, the development — called Triton Square — would generate an estimated $750,000 in annual

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Groton Town Council Sends RTM $130.4 million Budget, Preparing for Coronavirus Uncertainty

GROTON — The Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to send a $130,453,984 budget for fiscal year 2020-21 to the Representative Town Meeting.  With a budget increase of 1.1 percent over fiscal year 2019-20, Mayor Patrice Granatosky said the council had streamlined the budget process and cut expenses to prepare for the economic uncertainty and likely financial strain coming onto many taxpayers as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. “We don’t know what’s going to happen,” Granatosky said in a Tuesday phone interview. “We know unemployment is up by unprecedented numbers. We don’t know if businesses are going to be able

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State Officials Push Business Recruitment, Public-Private Partnership at Chamber Breakfast

GROTON — At a Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut breakfast in Groton on Thursday, invited leaders from Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development, and nonprofit AdvanceCT, spoke about government partnerships with the private sector. “South Carolina and other states down south have been calling our companies. Why can’t we do the same?” said Peter Denious, president and CEO of AdvanceCT, formerly the Connecticut Economic Resource Center. “Why can’t we go on offense and get on our front foot and work with companies like Pfizer about who in your supply chain should be here. Who do we have a value

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Groton Startup ThayerMahan Grows to Capture Offshore Wind and Electric Boat Opportunities

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GROTON — Years before the Connecticut Port Authority approved a $157 million deal to redevelop State Pier in New London as a staging area for offshore wind, and before a $22 billion submarine contract was awarded to Groton-based Electric Boat, a growing ecosystem of smaller companies have been setting up shop in the region, hoping to service the wind and maritime industries. “We’re a bunch of guys who started a company based on maritime [technology and data]. Many of us are former submariners and we sought to do things with autonomous vehicles that we used to do with submarines with

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Halvordson Weighs in on Addition of Offshore Wind to Region’s Submarine Supply Chain

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GROTON — Opportunities for Connecticut-based companies in the supply chain that services the undersea and maritime industries are increasing now that offshore wind has entered the market, according to Ali Halvordson executive director of the Naval and Maritime Consortium. “The offshore wind supply chain is very immature in this country. It’s growing and we want to attract it as much [and] as early as possible from Europe,” said Halvordson in her office at UConn Avery Point on Feb. 4. The consortium, formed in 2017, was originally known as the Connecticut Undersea Supply Chain Consortium and focused on the submarine industry,

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School-based Health Centers Expand into Elementary Schools, Open Center For Navy Children

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Last week, the 94th school-based health center funded by the Department of Public Health, and the 15th in New London County, opened in Mary Morrison Elementary School in Groton. “When the folks from Family & Child Agency approached us about the possibility of having another center we were thrilled to put it mildly,” said Michael Graner, superintendent of schools in Groton. This is not Groton’s first school-based health center. There is one at the high school, one at each middle school, and at Title 1 elementary schools serving disadvantaged students. All are operated by Family & Child Agency and funded

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Groton Officials Unveil Redevelopment Plans for Mystic Oral School Property

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GROTON — Town officials unveiled conceptual plans on Thursday for the 77-acre Mystic Education Center site that, if realized, would revitalize the long-fallow property into a village-style development with a variety of commercial, retail and co-working spaces, along with about 750 residential units. The property is the former state-run Mystic Oral School, once known as the Whipple School for the Deaf, at 240 Oral School Road. “There are a lot of moving pieces and it was everyone’s desire, including the developer, to come forward at the appropriate time and I think that time is now,” said Paige Bronk, the town’s

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Zoning Changes for Groton Get Mixed Reception at Wednesday Hearing

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GROTON — In a public hearing Wednesday, the Zoning Commission heard both positive and negative public feedback on proposed updates to the Town of Groton’s zoning regulations. In a presentation before about 30 people at the Town Hall Annex, Jeff Davis, senior planner with Horsley Witten Group of Providence, an engineering and environmental consulting firm hired for the zoning revision, explained the town’s motivation for changing its zoning regulations. “First and foremost, we wanted to make the regulations easier to read and understand and we also wanted the processes for development and permitting to be clearer,” he said. Other goals

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Reiner Aims to Set the Table

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With thousands of hires expected at Electric Boat in the coming decade, Jon Reiner, Director of Planning and Development for the Town of Groton, describes his work as “setting the table” for investment in housing, business opportunities and redevelopment of older buildings and neighborhoods. Reiner, who was hired by the town in 2014, said his focus has been on finding out what Groton residents want and shaping the town’s future through marketing and zoning tools that attract the right kind of investment.

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