By Terry Rogers
Milford City Council held a public hearing regarding a change to zoning for Shore Speed, a new recreational facility planned at 971 East Masten Circle in Milford. The property where the facility will be located is currently zoned I-1, and the type of business requires conditional use approval from the city. On June 18, 2013, Milford’s Planning Commission, in a four to three vote, approved sending the conditional use request to council.
The facility will house an indoor electric go-kart track, a rock climbing wall, an arcade and an area for remote control cars. Clarence Edgens, who will operate Shore Speed, agreed to all stipulations placed on the facility by the Planning Commission. The stipulations included a requirement that alcohol not be permitted at the site; that audio/visual security camera footage be kept on file for six weeks; Fire Marshall occupancy load is approved prior to building permit issuance; striped parking for 120 cars and that outdoor security personnel provided to patrol between 4 PM and closing.
“I don’t understand the purpose of audio footage,” said Councilperson Katrina Wilson. “That seems like an invasion of privacy.” Gary Norris, City Planner, explained that during the public hearing before the Planning Commission, a representative at Dentsply Caulk, who have a facility near the proposed location, expressed concerns about teenagers trespassing on their property, which occasionally has hazardous materials stored on site.
“Dentsply is fenced in,” said Councilperson Skip Pikus, and Mr. Norris stated that although there was a fence surrounding the property, the representative from the company stated that the gates were sometimes open for delivery which could lead to someone entering the facility without authorization.
“According to the representative, the only problems they have ever had at Caulk was with past disgruntled employees,” said James Burk, Planning Commission Chairman. “I really don’t believe that audio is necessary. In fact, Caulk’s building is actually across the street. There is already a Popeye’s and hotel nearby.” Mr. Edgens stated that he met with the Dentsply Caulk engineer and that he felt the two facilities should have no issues working together.
“You were in complete agreement with the provisions, including the prohibition of alcohol?” Councilperson Garrett Grier asked. Mr. Edgens stated that he had no intentions of allowing alcohol on the premises, as he intended the facility to be for families of all ages, and not just a select few.
City Council voted unanimously to approve the conditional use request, but removed the requirement that audio footage be required at the location.