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Milford Rejects Massive Affordable Housing Project

257 units were targeted for Bic Drive.

Remember that proposed 257-unit affordable hosing complex that was proposed for Bic Drive, well the Planning and Zoning Board unanimously rejected the proposal Tuesday night.  

The reason it was rejected is because Milford has a one-year moratorium against affordable housing projects. 

Essentially, what that means is developers can no longer circumvent the city’s local zoning laws to put in large density housing projects that don’t conform to local zoning laws. 

Developers have been eying Milford because less than 10 percent of its housing stock is considered affordable according to state statute. 

If a community’s housing stock is below 10 percent affordable then a municipality must prove in court why the project isn’t necessary and can only argue health, safety and wellness. Usually, the developers prevail in court. 

But Milford has freedom from the state’s affordable housing statute until Jan. 1, 2015. 

This was the proposal:

Garden Homes Management, of Stamford, had proposed 257-units along Bic Drive.

Of the 257 units, 82 are considered affordable. The company is planning a 53,617 square-foot “H” type building, which would feature about 60 studio apartments and 190 one-bedroom units.

The size of the units range from 500 square-feet for a studio and up to 750 square-feet for a one bedroom unit. Rents would range from $845 to $1,150 a month. The company hopes to construct the project in 2016.

The development is proposed for 460 Bic Drive, which abuts the Bic Corp. office site and is adjacent to Subway’s World Headquarters and the Caswell Cove Condominium Complex.

The site is currently farmland and includes an existing house. Garden Homes Management Owner Richard Freedman has said in an email that “the site is highly appropriate for the proposed use.”

Colleen Abbott July 03, 2014 at 12:23 PM
I'm not commenting on whether this will be good or bad for Milford, but just wanted to say that I have family in Stamford and through them, I'm familiar with Garden Homes. They have a great reputation in Stamford as being developers who care about their community. They rescued the old State Theater, restored it and movies are still only charge $5. At their own expense they hire a bus to pick up seniors and bring them to the theater once a month for free. Regardless of whether this happens or not, it's nice to know they do good works.
Colleen Abbott July 03, 2014 at 12:24 PM
I wasn't quite clear, they don't charge the seniors for the movies.
Fake Name July 03, 2014 at 01:14 PM
It doesn't matter what good works this or any other developer do, in Milford "affordable" is a code word...
tlkensington July 03, 2014 at 02:30 PM
A code word that caused the DOJ to sue Milford. Milford settled that one. Cost the city a pretty penny to fight. These new fights will also cost tax payers. I get if this is a sewer issue. The location is fine for these things. This was on the edge of an industrial area. Wouldn't harm the character. The state should allow for exactions and impact fees for 8-30g projects. This will allow for larger projects but put the costs of infrastructure on the developer.
JNG July 03, 2014 at 03:22 PM
So where is all this Affordable Housing people say is being rammed down their throats? I think the only one developed is in an Industrial Park on the Orange Town line. A lot of hysteria to strike fear of an invasion of poor people. Very unkind. Little Town, big heart?

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