More affordable housing proposed on Meadowside


A 12-unit apartment complex with an affordable component has been proposed for 328 Meadowside Road, diagonally across the street from a 15-unit complex at 335 Meadowside Road built in 2016-2017.

The Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z) will conduct a public hearing on the proposal at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 in the City Hall Auditorium.

Beachland LLC is applying for a special permit and site plan for the 0.53-acre property located in the R-12.5 zone, which it purchased on Jan. 20, 2017 for $260,000. The project is next to Oyster Bay Condominiums.

The property has a single-family house constructed in 1962. William Colombo and Peter Romick of Milford are members and partners in the LLC.

The project is being proposed under the state’s affordable housing statute, commonly referred to by the statute number 8-30g, which supersedes local zoning regulations. If the P&Z wishes to deny the project, it would have to prove the project poses a hazard to public health, safety or welfare, a threat that outweighs the need for affordable housing.

Based on the required 30% minimum of affordable units, four units would be designated for rent or sale to people who meet the income guidelines specified by the law.

Area residents opposed the 335 Meadowside Road across the street when it was first proposed,  expressing concerns about the density and traffic. In June 2015, the board approved a 15-unit project, a reduction in size from the 18-units proposed.

Denise Doucette Ginise of 331 Meadowside Road actively opposed the 335 Meadowside Road proposal. Ginise ran unopposed for the P&Z and will take her seat at the board’s January 2018 meeting.

Also at that meeting, the public hearing will be continuing for a 12-unit apartment complex with an affordable component at 65 Plains Road.


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  • atkoa

    The developers golden goose! No need for anymore affordable housing in Milford, it is greed not need. Where is the outrage from our Hartford?

    • Kim Hunter Rose

      Thank you for asking. If you missed the news, we passed a bill this year to offer Milford relief, then we had to work to over-ride the Governor’s veto. nThe new law is in place. It is up to the city planning office and planning and zoning board to put an end to this- we have given them the additional tools. They have always had the ability to add reasonable accommodations on these projects.

  • tmc

    Just driving by 335 meadowsode the units look very nice, what with cut stone facades. MUCH better than the dumps surrounding it that were built like 40+ years ago.

    • MarkH

      For some people, what is unsaid is not the quality of the buildings, but the perceived quality of their occupants. It is interesting that the tax base in Milford has been stable, yet the communities lacking diverse housing opportunities are losing good retail and corporate businesses. Other areas are seeing tax increases, whereas Milford, with is attractive housing has drawn in more people and businesses. They go hand in hand.

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