Launch Trampoline Park plans to renovate a section of the former U.S. Motors building at 125 Old Gate Lane, and operate as Launch Milford, following a Nov. 4 special permit and site plan approval by the Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z).

The 342,780 square foot building called Old Gate Business Park has 518 parking spaces for all tenants, which includes The Edge Fitness Clubs, Hacienda Storage, and assorted business offices.

According to a company website, Launch Trampoline Park “is an indoor sports and family entertainment facility … with over 15,000 square feet of connected trampolines forming one giant jumping surface and angled trampoline walls to bounce off of.”

Activities include open jump time, group exercise classes, trampoline dodgeball, and foam pit activities.

The P&Z board agreed to the applicant’s request for a parking waiver. Based on the 31,410 square foot size of the space being used, Milford’s parking regulations would require 404 parking spaces.

Raymond Macaluso, project engineer, said additional spaces would be striped onto the existing asphalt, increasing total site parking to 561 spaces. Macaluso said the existing loading docks would be removed and landscaped, increasing green space on the property. He said all building tenants are in favor of the project. No one from the public commented on the proposal.

Robert Arnold, chief executive officer of Launch, said the company has six open locations from New Hampshire to Delaware. Arnold presented a parking analysis from five of these locations, including its Hartford site. Based on the number of building occupants, 145 parking spaces would be needed.

Arnold said that operating hours would probably be Mondays to Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. until 8 or 9 p.m. Fridays the facility might open at 10 a.m. for a toddler time and remain open until 10 p.m. Saturday hours would be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday hours would be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Arnold said the facility generally has opposite opening hours compared to neighboring businesses. He said the busiest times are Saturdays during the winter between noon and 5 p.m. when he expects the trampoline park will reach its maximum capacity of 175 jumpers.

According to the company’s website, including Milford, 11 locations are planned along the East Coast from New Hampshire to Alabama.
Public Hearing Extended
The board had held open the public hearing for a proposed eight unit affordable housing development at 1613 New Haven Avenue, filed under the 8-30g statute. Sulkis said the city has advertised a request for proposal for a traffic study requested by the P&Z that will be funded by the applicant. Sulkis said he was hoping to have responses by the end of the week.

The public hearing was scheduled to close on Nov. 24, giving the traffic engineer little time to conduct a study. Attorney Thomas Lynch, who is representing the applicant, Charles Gagliardi, agreed to extend the hearing closing date by 30 days