Letter: Development threatens Milford history

To the Editor:

Milford, Connecticut is tied with Guilford and Fairfield as the sixth oldest city in Connecticut — one of the oldest states in the Union and one of the original 13 colonies represented by the stripes on our American flag.  The Department of Transportation has placed a sign on I-95 before exit 39A heading north which states “Historic Downtown Milford.” Despite this, an L.L.C. has submitted plans for 44 housing units to our city planner and zoning board which threatens the most historic spot in Milford, the homelot of the first minister, founder and leader Peter Prudden at 67 Prospect Street.

Today the 1835 Greek Revival home of long time City Clerk David Baldwin sits on the site which is in the River Park National Historic District, placing it on the National Register of Historic Places. What is even more disturbing is that this project would desecrate the very place where Milford’s 17th Century founders are buried. An early map shows this burial ground just behind the house. The Milford Preservation Trust invested almost $2,000 to place a large and visible historic marker on adjacent land so that our city planner could direct developers away from odious and obvious desecration of this Founders’ Cemetery. And moreover, our own City Plan of Conservation And Development (page 71) recognizes the River Park District as “historically relevant” and “worth preserving.”

Please call your aldermen and women and ask them  to 1.) establish by ordinance the Milford 17th Century Founders Cemetery.

And 2.) hold hearings to determine why our planning department shows such apparent ignorance or lack of interest in Milford’s unique place in history.

Tim Chaucer

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