Yale Design Expert to Host Milford Planning Workshop

This is your chance to share your vision for Milford.

Want to help shape downtown? Have ideas to improve the city's planning and development and thoughts to spark economic growth?

Great! Come on down to the Milford Public Library on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. for a public meeting and presentation by Dean Alan Plattus of the Yale Urban Design Workshop.

Plattus' presentation, brought to you by Milford Progress, Inc. (MPI) -- the city's official economic development agency -- will be based on ideas already gathered as a formal plan is developed.

The public is invited to attend and contribute thoughts and ideas to be considered in the process. In the meantime, share your ideas here on Patch in the comment section below.

Tessa Marquis February 29, 2012 at 04:52 PM
A lot of good suggestions. As a former member of the Economic Development Commission, Downtown Milford Business Association, and Board of Directors of the Milford Chamber of Commerce, I have been a big supporter of all attempts to improve Downtown. Some projects are long-term, some are mismanaged, some succeed. You may hear "That won't work" or "We already tried that" but good city planning and community-friendly redevelopment requires continuous attempts and constant vigilance. Regarding signage: The city has been giving large grants for many years to the Chamber's organization "Milford Progress" but no signage has been produced. This is a project that should no longer be funded by our tax dollars in this way. Regarding parking: I was on a Parking Task Force for several years and there are a few restrictions to federal or state grants that need to be considered. As for diagonal vs parallel parking, this needs a traffic study and review of various laws. It is problematic and not a silver bullet, but interesting to discuss.
Tessa Marquis February 29, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Regarding Marketing Downtown: Without funding this is nearly impossible. We did quite well for a few years, with donations from Milford Bank and individual businesses, and designed Pirate Day, Open Doors of Milford, and presented free movies on the Green. We simply ran out of money and some of the major talents went on to other projects. A professional marketing firm - not amateurs with yearly turnover - should be hired or built up within the city's Economic Development office. I have more to say but have annoyed everyone enough for one day.
RONALD M GOLDWYN February 29, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Tessa, I grew up and lived in Great Neck NY for 50 years. Our main street for shopping originally had diagonal parking on both sides of the main drag, but in the 60's this gave way to parallel parking due to backing out of the parking space into traffic. This form of parking is now used only in parking lots and large garages.
Richard Platt February 29, 2012 at 05:11 PM
There is an excellent B&B on Prospect Street; the Lily Pad. Small, yes, but a far cry from the "awful chain hotel variety."
arkay March 03, 2012 at 04:53 PM
That's great, but one B&B is not enough. More accommodations in downtown would be welcome.


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