P&Z meeting canceled: Prospect Street withdrawn from agenda

The Milford Historic Preservation Commission voted in March against a plan to demolish this house at 67 Prospect Street. 

UPDATE: Tuesday’s Planning and Zoning Board meeting has been canceled.  The only agenda item, 67 Prospect Street, has withdrawn their application from the agenda, according to a city notice.

ORIGINAL STORY: An historic Prospect Street house is on the Planning and Zoning Board’s meeting agenda for Tuesday, May 15.

The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at Milford City Hall.

The 67 Prospect Street property is on the agenda as a petition of Patrick Rose for a site plan and CAM review to establish 44 units of housing, first floor parking and office space on property that was once part of the home lot of Milford’s founder, the Rev. Peter Prudden.

The city’s first burying ground was in Prudden’s back yard, meaning that a number of Milford’s founders are buried on the property, according to city historians.

The house currently on the parcel was built by David L. Baldwin in 1835. Baldwin, who was born in Milford in 1785, was town clerk of Milford for 27 years and clerk of probate for 12 years.

The Milford Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously in March to deny the developer’s plan to demolish the home and develop the property. The commission voted against a certificate of appropriateness that would have allowed the house to be razed.

Attorney Dominick Thomas, representing the owner, has appealed the decision and that appeal is working its way through the court system, according to City Attorney Jonathan Berchem.

According to Land Use Director Joe Griffith and Berchem, the other applications the owner must file with the city can move forward independently.

“The application for 67 Prospect Street applies to the various permitting boards — Inland Wetlands, Historic Preservation, and Planning and Zoning, and receives the approval — or disapproval — from each board, independent of the other boards’ determinations,” Griffith said.

“The building department is required, by ordinance and/or state statute, to make sure the requirements of each of these boards are satisfied before issuing a building permit, or demo permit.”

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