Asian marketplace in Milford cleared of blight; faces hefty fines
After being fined close to $10,000 for blight, the owners of an Asian marketplace under construction at the site of the former M & M Farm Market have brought the property into compliance, city health department officials said.
The notice of violation was “abated” Wednesday, Oct. 17, Milford Health Director Deepa Joseph said.
The out-of-state owner of the highly visible property at 804 Boston Post Road was fined $100 per day since July 4 under the city’s blight ordinance.
The owners were ordered to clean the site of overgrown vegetation, repair or replace construction fencing and plywood that was falling down or in disrepair and to get rid of “inorganic” building materials, appliances and household furnishings on the site. Storage containers were left in a state of disrepair or abandonment as well, inspection records state.
The owners are listed as Long and Lily Deng of Long Island and the company as iFresh, a Chinese supermarket chain. Kevin Li, iFresh official, said last month that the company had been working steadily on clean-up, but having a hard time satisfying the health department.
Health Department records show that on June 14, Li told a health department official he was not aware of the anti-blight order and asked for an extension, as the company was changing contractors. The health department declined to grant the extension.
On June 27, an inspector noted “90 percent” of vegetation was cut down and trash was cleaned up, but all of it was not completed and the construction fencing remained.
The city’s Planning and Zoning Board approved the Asian supermarket and food court in March 2016. It took a while for construction to begin, but once it did, a new building with Asian-style storefront spaces quickly took shape.
Then the project came to a standstill, but will resume, although the time frame is uncertain, Li said recently.
Architect Ray Oliver, who represented the developer before the PZB said at the time that his client, “New York Mart,” had 17 stores between New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. The building, Oliver said, would be faced with clay and tile for an Asian look and include six storefronts.
The plan for the inside include a grocery store expected to carry produce, fish and Asian specialty items, a food court and market area with vendors.