Portable classrooms approved for Boys and Girls Village
How temporary is a temporary classroom? For Boys and Girls Village, 528 Wheelers Farms Road, that time frame may be two to four years.
At its Aug. 16 meeting, the Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z) unanimously approved a four-year time frame for the school to place two portable classrooms on an existing basketball court adjacent to the Wilbur Cross Parkway.
Architect John Wicko told the board the school is “working on a master plan of improvement” that it will soon present to the board. Wicko said a permanent expansion including a cafeteria and classrooms is planned for the Hayden Building. That expansion is more than two years in the future, based on the need for state review, approval and funding.
Wicko said the portable classrooms would be used to house the expanding upper school, which serves high school students. He said the basketball court is not used, saying students play basketball in the school gymnasium. When the temporary classrooms are no longer needed, Wicko said they would be removed, and the area would probably be landscaped.
In other business, the board unanimously granted site plan approval to expand Bin 100 Restaurant, 100 Lansdale Avenue. The approval included allowing 14 shared parking spaces.
Attorney Thomas Lynch said the restaurant is taking over the 924 square feet of space currently used by the Pearl Nails & Spa. Lynch said the space would be used to seat 15 to 20 patrons during busy times, primarily during the fall and holidays. A portion of that space would also be used for storage, he said.
Lynch said the building is mixed use with commercial users on the first floor and apartments on the second floor. He said the property has 150 parking spaces, and “based on a strict reading of the zoning regulations, 164 spaces are required,” he said.
Lynch made the request to allow for shared parking based on the idea that “a good portion of the commercial use is daytime use” and the restaurant and apartments would use parking spaces at night.
Two Houses Approved
A replacement single-family house can be constructed at 151 Hillside Ave., following unanimous P&Z approval for a coastal management site plan review.
Robert Potter is the owner of the 0.04-acre lot located in an R-5 zone, which he purchased on Dec. 30, 2015 for $125,000.
Potter told the board, “This is possibly the smallest building lot in Milford.” The approval is contingent upon Potter satisfying a list of conditions required by the city’s Engineering Department.
The Zoning Board of Appeals granted him two side yard variances on Oct. 13, 2015, one for 3.1 feet where 5 feet is required, and one for 3.1 feet where 10 feet is required.
In other business, a 720-square foot fire-damaged home facing the beach at the rear of 131 Milford Point Road, will be replaced following unanimous P&Z approval.
Architect Ron D’Aurelio filed the coastal management site plan review application on behalf of property owner Carmen Stefano. The 0.18-acre property located in the R-5 zone also has a 1,500 square foot house facing the street.
D’Aurelio said the replacement house would be located in the same location as the existing home and would not require any variances for side yard setbacks. The house would be elevated on concrete piers to place it out of reach of floodwaters with the finished floor at a height of 16 feet above sea level.
The existing house by Milford Point Road would remain unchanged, but a concrete driveway apron would be placed at the road, where none now exists, said D’Aurelio. In addition, the property would have a drainage system installed.
City Planner David B. Sulkis told the board that the city’s Public Works Department said D’Aurelio needed to submit a sedimentation and erosion control plan, and he was awaiting comments from the city’s Engineering Department. The board made the approval contingent upon D’Aurelio satisfying the requirements of both departments.