East Haven could have its first Taco Bell on Frontage Road

EAST HAVEN — Taco Bell is considering potentially opening a location at a property on Frontage Road, city officials said.

The fast-food chain, which does not yet have a location in East Haven, could move into one of the vacant properties between Home Depot at 75 Frontage Road and Car Max at 121 Frontage Road, said Joe Budrow, l city ​​zoning enforcement officer at a recent meeting of the Economic Development Commission.

“One is long and skinny and I believe there was a car wash in the back and I think Dunkin Donuts in the front,” Budrow said during the meeting of the proposed location. “This is the property they are considering for a potential Taco Bell.”

Currently, the nearest Taco Bell, owned by Yum! Brands, is either in Branford or New Haven.

Budrow wrote in an email Friday that the city was awaiting more details from the plaintiff.

“We are awaiting feedback from the potential candidate to bring a more detailed site plan for a meeting with personnel managers to assess their site proposal,” Budrow said in the email.

The applicant will need approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission, Budrow said.

The city has held meetings fairly frequently and successfully when it comes to planning projects, according to Budrow.

Several other businesses are also considering coming to East Haven, and some are finalizing their plans.

Branford-based Aleia’s Gluten Free Foods is moving to East Haven, Budrow said.

Aleia’s sells gluten-free cookies, breadcrumbs, stuffing mix, croutons and more and was created by a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef who worked to make sure celiac disease didn’t get in the way. to eat good food, according to the company’s website.

The company is moving to 133 Commerce St., where Budrow said major changes will be made at a major food processor.

“There was a preliminary meeting with some staff and they went to planning and zoning for a review of the site plan, got approval for their use, offices and some storage space,” Budrow said. .

The company then returned to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a major business expansion and parking lot improvement, he said.

“I am awaiting a zoning permit application as final approval,” Budrow wrote in an email Friday.

TJ Maxx has been looking to possibly expand its location, but the company hasn’t contacted the city in some time about the project, Budrow said.

Another company was reviewing industrial estate property on Laurel Street and Budrow owed them a report on the property, he said. The company was looking to use the property for warehousing and potential manufacturing of light goods, the zoning officer said.

Calabro Cheese was sold last fall to an Italian company, Granarolo SpA, for $25 million, but that doesn’t mean the company is leaving East Haven, Budrow said. Once the sale is finalized, the business could expand and stay in East Haven, he said.

“We look forward to working with them there,” Budrow said.

Budrow said another company was considering a property near Ocean State Job Lot, where the Rockin’ Jump trampoline park operated, but he didn’t share any specific details.

“Right now, they’re going through the t’s, ticking the i’s and checking state law on how to move forward on that one,” Budrow said at the meeting. “That one has a big restaurant component.”

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