Until now, Milford has heard primarily from a group of Milford preservations who want to block sale of the Stowe barn and property in Walnut Beach for use as a cooking school. This week a different group of residents spoke out, saying they want the property to become a cooking school to not only bolster the Walnut Beach business district but to save the historic structure from deteriorating.
Susan Patrick, owner of the Walnut Beach Creamery and representing the Walnut Beach Association and the Walnut Beach business group, was one of about a dozen people who spoke at this week’s Board of Aldermen’s meeting, urging the aldermen to consider selling the Stowe barn to Heide Lang, owner of the Fig Cooking School in Hamden. She said Lang is the first person to come along with a plan for the barn in 14 years.
“I think you have to move on this quickly,” Patrick said, “or you’ll be sitting on a tinderbox of liability.”