by Terry Rogers
On Monday, April 23, Milford City Council approved two amendments to developments in Milford. Both were amendments to planned developments while one also requested revisions to their site plan. One of the developments, Milford Ponds, was approved in 2006 but hit delays when the original developer was unable to complete the project during the housing crisis. The other, Laborio Watergate, gained preliminary approval over 18 months ago and were now requesting changes to the types of housing units that would be included in the project.
“The developer has eliminated lots to create more open space and added additional parking spaces,” Rob Pierce, City Planner, explained to Council regarding the Watergate project. “There are sidewalks throughout the development as well as on the frontage. Although there is open space, there is not any specific recreational equipment proposed within the development at this time. The developer has eliminated townhouses and is now requesting multi-family units that would change the number of units from 303 to 300.”
Roberta Rammey, who lives on Beechwood Drive in the Marshall Commons development next to the Watergate development asked what changes were being made to the lots near her home. According to Pierce, the lots directly adjacent to Beechwood Drive would remain single family homes or duplexes. There were no members of the public that spoke for or against the changes to the Watergate development. Council approved the request with a vote of 7 to 0.
Ring Lardner of Davis, Bowen & Friedel explained that Milford Ponds had a long history in Milford. He explained that Phase I of the development was approved in 2006 with the final approval obtained in 2008. Originally, there were supposed to be over 700 units in the development, but the project went dormant during the recession.
“Chris Cabiel, the owner of the development, purchased it from the bank and has put hundreds of thousands of improvements in the property since taking over,” Lardner said. “Ryan Homes is the builder and they are already seeing a lot of foot and vehicle traffic in the development. Initially, there were going to be single family homes and townhouses in this project, but we have eliminated the townhouses. This makes it easier for planning. We are also adding a 4,000 square-foot clubhouse.” In addition to these changes, Lardner explained that lot lines had been adjusted for better uniformity and streets had been changed from dead ends to cul-de-sacs. He also informed Council that there were sidewalks throughout the development as well as along a retaining pond to allow for walking paths.
There were no public comments either for or against the changes to the development. Councilwoman Katrina Wilson commented that it was wonderful to see a development that had been on the books for so long come to life. The project was approved with a vote of 7 to 0.
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