Mayor Ben Blake says plans for a Milford arts heart are again on monitor

ByLouise McGinnis

Oct 8, 2022

MILFORD — Metropolis plans to create an arts and leisure heart on North Avenue are again on monitor, based on Mayor Ben Blake. 

Large previous timber dot the parcel, together with an previous farmhouse and linked barns as soon as used as an artwork studio. 

Blake mentioned the metropolis’s plans name for development of a brand new barn — which he says would maintain some 200 folks because the leisure venue — restoration of the barns, and use of the previous farmhouse for administrative providers. The barns, if they are often retained, would even be used for arts and occasions.

The undertaking was delayed because of the pandemic, Blake mentioned, however the deal with this improvement has returned. Work on remaining plans stays in progress. 

“We hope to have this performed by spring 2024,” Blake mentioned.  

Blake mentioned the town has obtained some $2 million in state grants, and his plan is for any proposed work to not exceed that quantity. 

“This undertaking would fold in properly with all we’ve created alongside what we take a look at because the Wepawaug leisure hall,” mentioned Blake about the whole strip which options some 200 acres of open and leisure area. 

The property is adjoining to the Orchards Golf Course, a city-owned, par-32, nine-hole golf course. Among the many developments over the previous few years, based on Blake, are the Orange Avenue turf fields, the pickleball court docket and splash pad at Eisenhower Park and upgrades to the park’s softball area, tennis courts, neighborhood gardens and Boy Scout camp. 

Blake mentioned the brand new improvement at 701 North St. would supply the town a venue for seating of about 200 folks, a “candy spot,” he says, for the reason that different obtainable venues — the redone Parsons Auditorium and the Milford Arts Council — supply 1,000 and 100 seats, respectively. 

“That has been the imaginative and prescient for this property … to have a venue with seating for ideally 200 folks,” Blake mentioned.   

A few of the work will probably be contracted, and a few will probably be performed by the town’s Public Works Division, Blake has acknowledged. 

Traditionally, the parcel was a part of the Platt household apple orchard, and far of that grew to become the golf course within the late Nineteen Sixties. 

The unique home was inbuilt 1868, and a serious addition was constructed in 1900. The home is being rented to a household. The home and connected barns and different constructions are on a 1.3-acre lot, and an adjoining 5.7-acre parcel can also be included within the buy. 

The positioning was focused for housing. The builders, Stone Protect LLC, had initially hoped to show the lot right into a 63-unit housing improvement with an affordable-housing element, however neighbors objected to that concept. Then it was proposed to show the parcel right into a five-lot subdivision. This plan was later withdrawn earlier than it confronted a vote earlier than the town’s Inland Wetlands Company. 

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